What have we learned in the almost 20 years since the September 11, 2001 Islamist terrorist attacks on America?
Not much, it seems to me.
How did we react then? Instead of holding the Saudis accountable, or banning the Muslim Brotherhood, we in the West launched enhanced “security” at airports, dutifully removing our shoes, letting TSA agents pat us down, and so forth. These measures range from inconvenient to invasive, but we don’t dare complain.
Now we see the same thing happening during the COVID-19 pandemic:
We go along with lockdown measures that have shut down entire economies, killed jobs and turned ordinary life upside down.
We’re ordered not to connect the dots between the virus and China — that would be “politically incorrect.” Does that sound familiar?
What a debacle.
It’s sad but true: We seem to have learned nothing in the last two decades.
The virus will go away, but given our response to 9/11, I doubt we will never hold China accountable.