In Support of Perpetual War

What is the longest war America has ever fought? After splashy headlines in recent months, many would now answer the Afghanistan War. In a way, that answer is correct. But most people would probably date the start of the war to October 7, 2001, when Operation Enduring Freedom officially launched; or maybe September 26, 2001, when CIA teams entered Afghanistan to prepare for the invasion; or maybe September 11, 2001, when 19 terrorists launched the deadliest attack on American soil since the Civil War, murdering approximately 3,000 innocent people.

Some might instead date the start of the war to when Osama bin Laden announced a declaration of war against the United States in 1996. Others to the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. Still others might point to al Qaeda’s first attempted attack on Americans in 1992.
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2,977 Individual Tragedies

Many people know the quote attributed to Joseph Stalin that “one death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic.”

When one person dies, we focus on that person’s life; the good things they have done, the affect of their loss on their family, what it means for their friends, etc. But when many people die at once, it is overwhelming. We do not have time to focus on the individual impacts of each death, so it all becomes one statistic. It is too much to comprehend.

As we commemorate the 9/11 attacks, we should remember that it is made up of 2,977 individual tragedies.

The names of each victim who died on September 11, 2001 are below.

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