Special Blog Post:
The man at left was the leader of our country on that day: on September 11, 2001, he had been the President of the United States for 234 days. His name is George W. Bush; he is the 43rd President of the United States. One thousand one hundred forty-eight days after the attackson November 2, 2004he won re-election, garnering 62,040,606 votes, while his closest rival received 59,028,109 votes. The man at right has been held responsible for directing the attacks upon the United States of September 11, 2001. He is Osama bin Laden. He has not been captured or killed in the 1,826 days since the attacks. He has, instead, continued to be the spiritual and inspirational leader of an organization called al-Qa'ida, which has in the intervening time been in part or in whole responsible for leveling as many as 30 significant, lethal attacks across a dozen countries, among them Spain, Great Britain, Egypt, and Indonesia.
Since 2001, Mr. Bush and his allies in Congress have spent $430 billion waging a "global war on terror." This world-wide engagement includes large-scale wars in two countries, Iraq and Afghanistan, where a total of approximately 3,000 American soldiers have been killed, along with perhaps 70,000 civilians.
Yet, despite all of the thousands upon thousands of lives lost, the hundreds of billions of dollars spent, and the nearly two thousand days since the United States fell victim to the largest attack in history on its continental soil, the man in the picture at right, above, is still free, and by President Bush's own testament we must remain fearful because al-Qa'idaas well as other, similar terrorist organizationsremains a clear and present threat to the United States and its citizens.
Lest we ever forget what has become of our nation in the years and days of George W. Bush's Presidency, we must continue the counts, for it is in the numbers that the truth shouts for all to hear, should we so choose.
The Dark Wraith has thus spoken upon the anniversary of a melancholy day.