For the first time in most of Gen Z’s memory, American forces are not in Afghanistan. It is also the first time that the Taliban is in control of Afghanistan. While the president has defended his decision saying, “there’s nothing low grade or low risk or low cost about any war...it’s time to end the war in Afghanistan.” US intelligence informed the president on August 10 that Kabul would fall in approximately 30 days (after an initial estimate of 6-12 months), as Biden doubled down. As countries worldwide scrambled to evacuate officials from the capital, the Taliban pushed forward and gained control of Kabul, and effectively the entire country, in a day. Since the fall of Kabul, the Taliban has established a new government, and Afghans, as well as American citizens left behind in the evacuation, have been living in fear.
With brutal evidence of the Taliban beating women, journalists, and anyone who refuses to obey them, many have criticized Biden’s exit strategy. As Kabul remains in the hands of the Taliban, it has been especially heartbreaking for the families of the recently fallen 13 US service members in Afghanistan and those related to those who died as a result of 9/11 and the Taliban’s attempted bombing on February 26, 1993. According to the Daily Mail, a sister of a US Marine who is one of the 13 fallen, screamed at the president, “I hope you burn in hell! That was my brother!” She says that the president refused to look the families of the fallen in the eye. Several other immediate family members of the fallen share in the anger towards Biden. In the weeks since the fall of Kabul, Biden's approval rating has decreased significantly. As Americans all over the country mourn those who lost their lives during the Twin Tower bombing of February 26, 1993, 9/11, and all those dead in Afghanistan over the last 20 years, 9/11 has been more memorable and important to Americans than ever.
On the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, incredible displays of patriotism have occurred all over the country as a very divided nation came together to remember the horrific day that was 9/11. For everyone not born yet on that memorable day (every student at CCHS), it can sometimes be difficult to grasp the concept of just how much we have to celebrate and remember. Despite all the violence in the world, and the division within our nation, the country was able to come together and remember 9/11.
“I hope you burn in hell! That was my brother!”
"Joe Biden’s job approval rating has fallen underwater in the latest ABC News/Washington Post
BIDEN FACES BACKLASH, HELL BREAKS LOOSE IN AFGHANISTAN, AND THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 GIVES AMERICA THE CHANCE TO HEAL