MOMENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY:
11, 2001, on this day America changed forever. Suicide hijackers
destroyed the World Trade Center in New York and damaged the
Pentagon in Washington D.C. The terrorist danger came home to
haunt America. President Bush immediately ordered an attack
on Afghanistan and American forces drove out the Taliban government
that had supported the Islamic terrorists. But Americans no
longer felt secure in their own country. A weak economy, a collapsing
family system, and new domestic security concerns made many
Americans yearn for a stronger sense of family and community.
the world's problems had now come to America's door-step and
few Americans were prepared for this. The Multinational Corporations
now completely dominated the global economy. Energy and ecological
concerns had also now reached the forefront, but many Americans
were still not asking the right questions. Most Americans continued
to consume vast amounts of energy. They had begun recycling
on a large scale, but alternative energy sources were still
not being developed.
Bush administration made the decision to go to war not only
to distract Americans from the economic problems at home, but
to start a new defense boom. The old Reagan " Star Wars
" anti-missile defense program was brought back to life
and American troops quickly invaded Iraq in 2003, in order to
secure its oil fields. But America had reached a cross-roads.
It could no longer be the policeman of the planet without cooperation
from the rest of the world. America was drowning in debt and
could no longer afford to act alone. The Bush administration
decided to ignore this danger and became stuck in a new guerilla
war in the Middle East.
there was more than guerilla war at stake now. Nuclear proliferation
had fused potentially with terrorism. In 1998, both India and
Pakistan went nuclear, complicating the world's political and
technological landscape. Many people feared that the spread
of nuclear technology would one day allow terrorists to detonate
nuclear weapons in major urban areas. Yet, only the future would
give an answer to this difficult question.
Ritchies were at a complete loss about America's role in the
" Do you see? It's just Vietnam all over again. We're now
stuck in Iraq. "
Deborah: " But we had to go in. Iraq was serious trouble.
Mara: " No. We are the cause of all our troubles. We don't
want to share our wealth with the planet. The U.N. said that
with 40 billion dollars all the people on Earth could be given
a decent standard of living. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
have already cost us over a 100 billion dollars. I think people
will be less likely to turn to terrorism if they're basic needs
are met. "
Deborah: " I don't think most Americans are really educated
enough to know what to do. The planet's problems are becoming
too complex, too difficult. "
Mara: " I suppose the fools in Washington know better.
Deborah: " I really don't know what they really know. "
Mara: " look we're all becoming poorer and dumber now.
The media is just garbage. The education system sucks. It's
becoming impossible to just live simply in this big machine
we're in. Now it's going global and many people don't like this
machine intruding into their lives either. Why should they?
We can no longer afford this life-style ourselves. "
Deborah: " I'm worried about your brother. "
Mara: " Why? "
Deborah: " Well, his internet business collapsed and he
moved in with your father and he's not doing so well either.
Your father has already had one heart attack. "
Mara: " What did Harvey tell you ? "
Deborah: " He told me he just wants to drop out. That he's
fed up with work and all the stress. "
Mara: " I can't believe it. He said that? "
Deborah: " Yes. "
Mara: " What about you? You got divorced again just last
Deborah: " I think I'm not going to get married anymore.
I started my own business and then Glenn just ruined it. "
Mara: " Ah, well
.that's life in the Twentieth-first
Deborah: " Who is taking care of Alexis? "
Mara: " One of my friends. I need to find some new kind
of work. But the job market's not too good right now. "
Deborah: " Well, at least you don't have to pay rent. But
I'm not going to be here forever. You know, what happened to
your father really scared me. "
Mara: " Well, where the world is heading now really scares
me. I mean what kind of life is Alexis going to have twenty
years from now? "
Deborah: "Life was so much simpler when I was your daughter's
age. Now there's no time to really think anymore. "
Mara: " Well, I wonder if people, ever really think. They're
just spacing out now. All you hear is just weird sound-bites.