Nineteen-years-ago on September 11, 2001, cowardly terrorists hijacked four American aircraft and shattered the norm of the United States (US). In the wake of the attacks by the planes - the largest attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor, 1941; 2,977 were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and in Pennsylvania.
The deadly terror attacks upon America had the effect of unifying and solidifying the United States under President George W. Bush as a nation of one voice - fighting against a common enemy, whose destruction was job one. America resolved not to be overwhelmed by 9.11 and together and united, the nation functioned as all brothers and sisters. All the negative impacts of 9.11 were defeated by a unified US. And every year on the anniversary of that fateful day, we bravely attest lest we forget.
Sadly though, the American unity that responded to 9.11 is absent today, in 2020 amid the deadly and still persisting national devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic. National unity is starkly missing in the fight against the deadly contagious disease, which has already infected 6,419,545 Americans and killed 192,448, thus far, because President Donald Trump has failed to unify the country in the battle against the invisible enemy. His insistence on not wearing a face mask alone divides America on the ample remedy needed to defeat the pandemic. Moreover, his downplaying of the deadly character of the Novel Coronavirus also prevents national unity in fighting the still spreading pathogen.
Whereas on 9.11, President and nation united as one to defeat a common enemy, in today's COVID-19 crisis, Trump has divided the nation in the fight against the common enemy, and if adage: united we stand, divided we fall is true, then Trump's version of America has already lost the battle against the COVID-19 enemy. A very sad reality post September 11, 2001.