I’m not sure if this is a “factual” question, but I’ll give it a shot anyways.
This is something I’ve been turning over in my mind a bit lately. What if the 9/11 attacks never happened? Maybe the bad guys overslept and missed their flight, or the FBI had gotten lucky and caught them while they were still messing around in that flight school in Florida. Regardless of the how, what would things be like if it didn’t happen? Would Bush’s popularity be even lower without that brief “Great Leader” phase? Would we still be going to war with Iraq? If so, maybe there might actually be more support for it? And what of North Korea?
And what of the domestic side? I recall hearing some newscaster or another on Fox News in the weeks after 9/11 saying how we, as a society, can’t ignore the world in favor of our ‘self-absorbed interests’ (or words to that effect). I believe he was referring to our entertainment industry and such if I remember the context correctly. If the WTC was still standing, maybe we would still be obsessing over the Oscars, and absorbed in reality TV… um, okay, maybe that happened anyways.
Even our personal lives. I guess I was lucky in that I didn’t lose anyone in the attacks, but I know people who did. I imgine they’d be doing things a little differently if their friends and family had lived.