This has been the most striking thing about the COVID-19 pandemic. It hasn’t been anything like what we went through after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“WASHINGTON — For months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the nation ached together in televised memorials, joining in a collective catharsis of uniformed salutes, bagpiped dirges and President George W. Bush declaring a national day of mourning and remembrance.
The space shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986 turned classrooms into grieving sessions, with President Reagan directly addressing the national wounds. The Japanese attack on Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor in 1941 was a day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt said would live in “infamy,” uniting the mainland to enter a world war.
Yet as the nation nears 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 — far more than all those tragic events combined or the entire Vietnam War — there is little sense this Memorial Day weekend that Americans are grieving together or uniting in a sense of purpose. …”
2,977 Americans lost their lives that day.
Nearly 100,000 people have already died from this in just two months.
7,863 Union and Confederate soldiers died at the Battle of Gettysburg in the War Between the States. 6,603 American soldiers died on D-Day in World War II. The death toll from COVID-19 will shortly surpass the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Iraq War and Afghanistan combined. Death on this scale hasn’t been seen since the Spanish Flu which was the deadliest event in American history. It is not unthinkable that the death toll could surpass even that catastrophe after this fall and winter.
After 9/11, I remember how the American flags were on display everywhere in my area. There was a brief moment of national unity. There was so much patriotism in those days that it was hokey and cliché. George W. Bush took advantage of that sentiment to plunge us into the Iraq War. 9/11 was also something that the rest of the country watched on television. Most of the people who have died from COVID-19 were not New Yorkers. 18 states are now reporting over 1,000 deaths. 11 have over 2,000 deaths.
If something like this cannot bring this country together, can anything? What does this say about the viability of American Nationalism? How far has America declined since 9/11? Can a country which is not staggered by the sudden death of 100,000 of its citizens even be called a nation?
Note: Oh BTW, add the Great Depression 2.0 on top of Spanish Flu 2.0. We’re looking at one of the Top 3 worst things to ever happen in American history.