Not sure if this is a debate or just a MPSIMS.
Today’s commemoration of the anniversary of 9/11 got me to thinking about the other event, to which 9/11 is most often compared: Pearl Harbor, Dec 7 1941. Which then led to: if there had been 17 year anniversaries of Pearl Harbor, how had the world changed from 1941-1958? And how much has changed from 2001-2018?
To me, the differences are startling.
Dec 7 1941 - Dec 7 1958
Presidents: FDR - Truman - Eisenhower.
Internationally, the US and its allies crushed the perpetrators of Pearl Harbor and its allies, in WWII. We then fought an entirely unrelated war in Korea. Europe was re-built, Germany and Japan became our allies; the UN and NATO were formed.
European colonies spanned the globe in 1941; they’re dwindling rapidly by 1958.
McCarthyism has come and gone. The Cold War was at its peak.
Domestically: the Baby Boom has peaked. Television has overtaken radio as the main source of entertainment. Rock n Roll is born. Interstate highway system. Mass migration to the suburbs. Beginnings of the space race. Brown v Board of Education.
Sept 11 2001 - Sept 11 2018
Presidents: Bush - Obama - Trump
Internationally: we’re still in Afghanistan. We fought an unnecessary war in Iraq, destabilizing the region and leading to the rise (and fall) of ISIS, and random terror attacks in Europe. The Euro zone is formed (or was that earlier?)
Domestically: we elect the first black president. Advances in technology: Smart phones? Amazon?
Is that it? It feels like a time traveler from 2001 would feel very comfortable here and now, but we couldn’t say the same for 1941-1958.