Author Archives: Caren Besner

9/11/01 plus 20 years: an historical perspective

The second plane hits the South Tower September 11, 2001. Some 9/11 conspiracy theories said that this plane was a tanker, not an airliner.

It has been 20 years since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks which killed nearly 3000 of our fellow Americans and the full impact of that monumental day in our history has yet to be realized. There have been other such dates in our history; dates on which our world irrevocably changed and nothing would ever be the same again. December 7, 1941 (the day Pearl Harbor was bombed) and November 22, 1963 (the day JFK was assassinated), are two other dates that come to mind. The events that occurred on all three of these dates shook us to our very core, aroused us out of our malaise and marked the end, in a way, of an “Age of Innocence.”

What should the Biden administration be doing regarding Afghanistan?

Camp Etchberger in West Afghanistan, once known as "The Quiet Place."

The title of this article is somewhat oxymoronic in nature. The real title should read: “What will the Biden Administration do regarding Afghanistan?” as opposed to what should it do. As for what we should do, the usual panoply of options comes to focus. It would include a combination of threats, sanctions, international isolation, using military forces to evacuate door by door each and every city that has either an American citizen or an Afghan who supported the U.S., along with his family, and besides the massive military force and rescue, destroy tens of billions of dollars of American armaments we’ve left behind and burn the computer data.