Guesstimates are that 30,0000 Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters have died in Afghanistan. Another estimated 50,000 dead in Afghanistan are civilians. Most killed in Taliban atrocities. International estimates of the dead in Iraq come in around 120,000. So that gives us a preliminary body count since 9-11 of roughly 210,000 people. The total is probably higher.
Then there's the cost in terms of things other than human bodies. We now have the word, "Homeland" which sounds to many like the "Fatherland" used by Nazi Germany or the "Motherland" used by Stalin's Soviet Union. In the name of protecting that Homeland we have surrendered privacy and civil liberties at a pace unequaled since Lincoln suspended all sorts of rights during the Civil War.
Video and on-line surveillance has become ubiquitous. All of it is in the name of national security. The President of the United States has signed orders, more like death warrants, allowing American robot aircraft to kill suspected terrorists and their sympathizers in several countries. We have invaded two countries and have active counter-insurgency military operations in at least a dozen countries.
So the horror of eleven years ago today was more than mass murder. It was the birth of a new country and a new world that almost none of us would have recognized on September 10th, 2001.
I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.