Different generations share their views on 9/11

ADA – The horrors of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center have permeated Carson Babbit’s childhood like a haze: the day has become a taboo subject among his father and the survivors who populated the state of origin from Babbit, New Jersey.

No one wanted to relive that day, said Babbit, who, at 19, has no personal memories to draw on.

Babbit’s father was so close to the attack that his entire office building shook and was subsequently demolished, Babbit said. But even her father was reluctant to talk about the experience until more recently.

The legacy was so near and yet distant for Babbit, now a sophomore at Ohio Northern University, part of a generation of Americans born and raised in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Almost 3,000 people were killed when Islamist al-Qaeda extremists hijacked four planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. It was the largest terrorist attack on American soil, which sparked the American invasion of Afghanistan, the longest war in the country’s history.

The war has killed at least 47,000 Afghan civilians and 6,200 American servicemen and contractors through April, according to the Associated Press.

John Wysocki enlisted in the US Naval Reserves in 2000, unwittingly enrolling in a global war on terrorism that would consume the next decade of his life.

Wysocki, 48, saw from his first deployment to Afghanistan that the democratic project was doomed to failure. What worried him most was the possibility that he would die “for no particular reason” in a war that grew insignificant the more he served.

Watching the Taliban return to power as the United States withdrew its last troops from Afghanistan, Wysocki again recalled these lessons: “No matter how long you are here, we see you as another force. occupation, ”Wysocki recalled in August, describing the sentiment among Afghan civilians and interpreters who worked alongside US forces.

Now, the war on terror may never end because the children of Taliban fighters and others killed in American wars could “harbor resentment” against America for generations, Wysocki said.

“If it was really revenge and we wanted to eliminate terrorist training camps, it happened very early on without special forces,” Wysocki said. “We didn’t have to move hundreds of thousands of troops to try to occupy the country.

For 19-year-old Skylar Dent, the US response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks seems extreme in hindsight.

“We have done much worse damage in these foreign countries over the decades,” Dent said. Today, Dent is more concerned with the prospect of mass shootings. And the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, estimated at $ 2 trillion plus interest, could have been better spent on domestic issues, Dent said.

“It’s aggravating when we have so much going on here that could be fixed with this money, that we can see real results today,” she said. “But instead, what is happening is hundreds of thousands of miles away and over decades, for nothing.”

FILE – In this September 11, 2001 file photo, smoke rises from one of the World Trade Center towers and ignites as debris explodes from the Second Tower in New York City. Relatives of the victims of the September 11 attacks on Thursday (September 2) called on the Inspector General of the Department of Justice to investigate the failure of the FBI to produce certain evidence of its investigation. (AP Photo / Chao Soi Cheong, file)

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