16 Years Later, Hunter S. Thompson’s 9/11 Essay Is Still Shockingly Accurate

It’s weird to think about what life was like before the tragedy on September 11th, 2001. The post-9/11 world is completely different, and not just because of the TSA. No one could predict what the next sixteen years and one day would have in store. Well, no one but Hunter S. Thompson, apparently.


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? 


At the time, the Gonzo journalist was a Page 2 columnist for ESPN. The Monday after 9/11, Thompson deviated from his regularly scheduled programming and devoted his column to the tragedy. Fans of Thompson’s work won’t be surprised at the essay. In typical gonzo fashion, it’s less about the attack itself and more focused on the abstract and unknown future which we have since lived through. 


And that future’s pretty accurate.


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. 


Scary, isn’t it?


Read the entirety of Hunter S. Thompson’s 9/11 essay here.


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