What seems like an eternity to us will be only a footnote in the records of history. The ten years of perpetual war that began on 9/11/01 will be a paragraph before they describe the Great War that followed, the Mother of all Wars, the Third World War.
All our worries, brief respites, moments of doubt and anxieties in the interim will not mean anything to them a century from now. They will write that hostilities began with the false flag attack engineered on 9-11 and the subsequent skirmishes that drove the need for proliferation and polarization were simply the choosing up of sides in the terrible conflict that followed.
Long after the dust has settled and the perspective that time gives people to clearly view the madness in the past (almost never to be applied to their own present) it is inevitable that the Western world will be weighed in the balance and regarded as deserving of the fate that it met with. It's citizens will be described as decadent, lethargic and driven to their own self-destruction. They will make note of the fact that when World War III began civil defense had ceased to exist all across the West with little protest from it's feebleminded, ineffectual and dimwitted inhabitants.
What the current generation fails to understand is that the future never feels sorry for our kind of people when they sit down to settle the accounts. Never.