There are 15-year-olds who are being taught about 9/11 in school as history. Many of them weren’t born or were babies when it happened.
9/11 was a shock to the system. It caused a depression and many people lost their jobs, including me. I was engaged at the time, and I think it had a partial effect of helping that relationship end. I was lucky compared to the people who lost their lives or loved ones in that tragedy. When 9/11 happened, I was getting ready for work and had the news on and saw the event happening live and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It looked like a scene from a movie. My fiance, who was Russian said, “Oh, we have terrorism all the time in Russia.” I said “Not like this you don’t.” Then I told her, the US will respond with an overreaction that will include armies and mass bombings. She was like “That’s horrible. Innocent people don’t deserve that.” I shrugged and pointed at the screen where people were jumping out of windows in the towers.
“Those innocent people didn’t deserve it either. And that is how war works.”
Needless to say, we know what followed. Bush said it would take ten years to defeat terrorism. My thought at the time, that depends on who follows you. The rest is history.
War is a horror. Terrorism is just a form of war. We have been in WWIII since 9/11. The politicians may pretend otherwise but it is far from over.