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Sixteen years after the defining event of 9/11 we are approaching the point where a  generation of young people born at the time is becoming aware of their place in the world. It is time to look at the history behind the terrible events and make sure the same mistakes are never repeated.  This is particularly true in a time when the United States is facing threats of the nature of Iran, ISIS, and North Korea.

In mid-1975 a C-141 Starlifter jet departed Charleston, South Carolina into a murky international picture. Twenty-six years later four fuel laden airliners emerged from that same picture and killed almost 3,000 innocent Americans. The painful story connecting the events may be read HERE in detail. Americans in particular really should read it.


Back in 1975, the United States was about to be tested in Angola in faraway Africa, and it would fail that test comprehensively due to decisions made by the 1975 US Congress. President Carter would subsequently be repeatedly tested by the consequences and would equally repeatedly fail. To quote Soviet UN Ambassador Dobrynin,

Having suffered no major international complications from its interference in Angola, Moscow had no scruples about escalating its activities in other countries, first Ethiopia, then Yemen, a number of African and Middle Eastern states, and then, to crown it all, Afghanistan.

And there we have it straight from the horse’s mouth. It all started with Angola in 1975. Along the way, it also ultimately resulted in an advanced Western country like South Africa being today little more than just another classic African Basket Case and Hell Hole.

As a natural product of the Soviet-made and US-neglected upheavals in first Angola, and then the Horn of Africa and Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan took note of Bill Clinton’s perfunctory response to the embassy bombings of 1998. Then came the bombing of the USS Cole on 12 October 2000 in the harbor of Aden, Yemen (See Dobrynin’s List quoted above). Incredibly, it elicited zero response from the United States. With this calibration regarding the will of the United States, Osama bin Laden set in motion his plans for the 9/11 attacks.9-11b

Perhaps the surviving members of the 1975 US Congress can explain their thinking to the rest of us and to the loved ones of those who died. Perhaps President Trump can also take note, because this is a vivid explanation of how failure to act will come back to haunt one’s children.

America is a great nation, whether it wants to be or not. It has the strongest military and strongest economy in the history of the planet Earth. It is the international policeman, whether it wants to be or not. It needs to develop the perspective of a great nation.

To quote an honorable man in trying times on the subject of the US congressional failure in Angola,

A great nation cannot escape its responsibilities. Responsibilities abandoned today will return as more acute crises tomorrow.

Gerald Ford, President of the United States (1975)

He was right;…. painfully right. The abandoned responsibility eventually returned in the form of 9/11. Read the more comprehensive Blog page HERE.

The above series of events may be studied in more detail in the book AmaBhulu, which also provides all of the required references for all facts stated.

Harry Booyens