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9/11 Rewrote Our Lives in Ways We Are Only Beginning to Comprehend

The tragedy, embedded in the DNA of future generations and the foundations of the people we are today.

Dave Swindle


September 11, 2012 - 8:58 am
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9/11 rewrote our lives. I realize now, for example, that 9/11′s chilling effect on the economy decreased the levels of tourism in the Bahamas, prompting my future mother-in-law to move my future-wife and her brother back to the United States.

Are there other families out there who would not exist if Osama bin Laden had not continued Sayyid Qutb’s war against America? Are there children who would not have been born if not for the imperial war of conquest initiated against us? Eleven years later are we ready to start understanding what it means that war is the Father of Us All?


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David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.
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