Today is the 9th anniversary of 9/11. I watched a bit of The Falling Man – a powerful film which brought back the horror of the experience of those who died, their loved ones and for those who were there. My wishes go to them.
But then we went to war – en route to Iraq, now proven to have had no links with al–Qa’ida. A lot of soldiers have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.. A lot of civilians have died. We haven’t caught Bin Ladin.We may not defeat the Taleban in Afghanistan in the long term – but more will die. Are we achieving anything other than to kill and worsen relations between Islam and the West, between peoples of many nations and the coalition countries; particularly America and Britain?
It is rather sad that this anniversary will be remembered for the actions of a simple minded self styled and bigoted pastor and his koran burning plan, stirring up further hatred and death, probably fanned by those with their agenda – than for the death of innocent men and women, quite a few of them muslims , who died because of an attack on the USA by al–Qa’ida
I’d like to flag up two articles I read today – both powerful in their own way…..
Robert Fisk: Nine years, two wars, hundreds of thousands dead – and nothing learnt
Independent: Did 9/11 make us all mad? Our memorial to the innocents who died nine years ago has been a holocaust of fire and blood . . .
By Michael Moore
Selamat Hari Raya to my Malay readers and Eid Mubarak to those who celebrate it in peace.