The 10 year anniversary of 9/11 is here, and every Prepper should observe a moment of silence in honor of those police, firefighters, EMTs and plain ol’ regular folk who died that day. The events of 9/11 shaped history and continue to affect both us and the rest of the world. What Prepper did not strengthen their resolve to get ready for times of trouble on that day?
It’s been a rough road for us, but we have made it rough on those that planned this tragedy, too. Osama Bin Laden is dead, and every month or so someone high up in the hierarchy of Al-Qaeda is killed or captured. After 10 years of counter-attacks and defensive actions, some of which have made inroads on our personal freedom, it’s harder than ever for a repeat performance to occur on U.S. soil.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s been 10 years and we’re still here.
But, if Mr. Bin-Laden looked up at us from whatever virgin-less Hell he spends his time in these days, he just might say, “Mission Accomplished”. Think about it: America is not ruled by a Sultan or a group of Muslim clerics, but his aim of drawing America into countless “bleeding wars” in Muslim territories did come to fruition. Without 9/11, there wouldn’t have been wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, and 6,000 of our soldiers that aren’t here today would still be with us. We wouldn’t be quite as broke as we are now if 9/11 hadn’t happened. Let’s not debate the pros and cons of it, though; let’s decide where to go from here.
Being Prepared: National Preparedness Month
Western society will have to cut its losses at one point or another; there’s just not enough money to go around. Instead of nation building abroad, how about a little nation building at home? I’m not saying that we should build the Great Wall of America. We can’t do that. We don’t make enough stuff at home anymore to be completely isolated, just look at your foreign-made cell phones and you’ll see that it’s true. But we have to use our dwindling resources to deal with our own issues first, and that will make us stronger to help others deal with their issues later.
I don’t want this post to be overly political, as I am not that way myself. I feel that, if the government has its heel on your throat, it doesn’t matter much if it’s the right or the left heel. The signs, however, lead me to the conclusion that we had better get prepared to deal with hard times. I’m not hoping for a collapse, but I’ll be darned if I won’t do everything in my power to be ready for one if it happens. If the poop hits the propeller, will you be able to say the same thing?
Sometimes, we have to sacrifice to be prepared. It’s a sacrifice of time, it’s a sacrifice of money, and it’s a sacrifice of effort. This country is more prepared against terrorism than it was, thanks to a lot of that same sacrifice. America’s got a long way to go to be prepared for a collapse, however, and so do we.
September is National Preparedness Month, and 9/10/11 is the first National (actually World) First Aid Day. Work towards learning first responder skills, clinical skills and preventative medicine. Figure out natural and herbal remedies to replace pharmaceuticals when they are no longer available. If you can get your food storage, your medical supplies, and everything else you’ll need NOW (in the present) then, my friends, you’ll go a long way towards guaranteeing yourself a future.