It turns out that Hunter S. Thompson's post-9/11 prediction was spot on
The devastating events of September 11th 2001 are still on our minds.
At the time we knew that the world would be completely changed by the attacks, but not exactly how. All that there was to know was that something awful had happened, and no one was quite prepared to deal with it.
While we may never completely come to terms with the tragedy, it is clear that it has drastically affected us all. From the United States' foreign policy, its stance on national security, and even the plots of the movies we flock to watch each summer - it has truly changed the course of the way America acts and sees itself, with the ripple effect spreading across the world.
Aside from the brilliant work of emergency services and other citizens helping their neighbors, no one quite knew what to do at the time. The political decisions made at this point were drastic, and have come under heavy criticism during that September and in the years since that fateful day. Yet strangely enough, there was one writer who got startlingly close to the truth of what lay ahead.
Hunter S. Thompson, an American journalist and author, was best known for writing 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' and founding the gonzo journalism movement. In his later years he returned to sports journalism, though he released a collection of works that discussed the current affairs of the world in 2003. Two years later, he died from a self-inflicted gunshot.
The writer has made the news again after his writings following the 9/11 attacks have resurfaced, and his prediction for the future of the country is eerily accurate. On September 12 2001, his ESPN column read:
"The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now - with somebody - and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.
"It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy.
"We are going to punish somebody for this attack, but just who or what will be blown to smithereens for it is hard to say. Maybe Afghanistan, maybe Pakistan or Iraq, or possibly all three at once. Who knows? Not even the Generals in what remains of the Pentagon or the New York papers calling for WAR seem to know who did it or where to look for them."
What may have been seen as an overly pessimistic look at how 9/11 would change the world, his words now feel a lot closer to the truth than we would like.
He continues, talking about then-president George W. Bush, and how the rest of his time in office would respond to these events.
"This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed - for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started the war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child-President, has been chosen by Fate and the global Oil industry to finish it Now.
"He will declare a National Security Emergency and clamp down Hard on Everybody, no matter where they live or why. If the guilty won't hold up their hands and confess, he and the Generals will ferret them out by force."
With these kind of words nailing the truth of the future so well, I can only imagine what Thompson would make of the current state of affairs if he were still around. On the brighter side of things, you should read about the incredible Steve Buscemi story that people remember every September 11th.