Today marks the anniversary of the Ramzi Yousef’s attempt to topple one World Trade Center tower into the other. Some believe that he came very close to his goal.
Not to diminish the value of the lives lost that day, I’d just like to ask what would our world look like if he had been successful?
Tens of thousands may have perished.
Many pundits often talk about the “post-9/11” world, as if reality changed that day. Personally, what I think is that the nation woke up to reality. In the previous decade the nation was not only attacked at the World Trade Center, but two of our embassies in Africa were bombed simultaneously and a Navy warship almost sunk.
When compared to today’s news (Al Qaeda is everywhere!), I sense a lack of strategic threat and more of a search for an overarching, global enemy.
But what about the 1990’s where Yousef had been successful?
Post-Desert Storm would the nation have blamed Iraq and invaded a decade earlier?
Pre-Aum Shinrikyo would something similar to Nunn-Lugar-Domenici been implemented sooner?
At the height of our “unipolar moment,” would the U.S. have acted even more aggressively than it did post 9/11?
Drones, NSA surveillance, and enhanced interrogation techniques. All topics not only addressed but settled by now?
Focus on terrorism – would it have ended by this century or would it simply be a confirmation on the seemingly never ending nature of this conflict?
What questions am I missing?