Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Five Years On...

Remembrance is a funny thing. It’s now five years since 9-11-01 and every year we are reminded of the events of that day, as if to bring back that utter shock of watching the planes hit the towers and the towers initially collapsing. Where 9-11 was a horrible attack, it has been milked for more than it is worth. We’ve got two big screen feature films (Flight 93 and World Trade Center) coming out aptly in time for the 5th anniversary of the day. In comparison Pearl Harbour had a big screen film made about it several years after the attack happened. Though there had been numerous films made about Pearl Harbour before the Ben Affleck starred pile of dog turd came out, it was a film that was made in the same vane as Flight 93 and WTC.

Besides the film companies bringing in the dollars with the films, there are greater implications of the attack and what it was used for. The post 9-11 world was in turmoil and since then “the free world”, though greatly by one man, has declared a war on terrorism. “The free world” didn’t have much choice in the declaration of war as the motto was “If you’re not with us, you’re against us”. USA and the Bush administration acted like school yard bullies to rally masses of support behind them to fight terrorism and “smoke ‘em out of their caves”.

So “The Free World” has bombed Afghanistan, to fight the Taleban rule, because they were “extremists” and “we’re harbouring terrorists” and who could forget Iraq? “They’ve got Weapons of Mass Destruction” didn’t really work on us first but the more they kept hammering at it the more people believed it. The worldwide peace demonstrations showed that “we the people” do not have a voice in the grand scheme of things. If millions of people around the world are saying that war will do nothing to resolve issues, but make things worse it would make the smart ones of us to think that “Hey maybe there is something that we are doing wrong”. The complete ignorance from the current administration to even recognize the demonstrations showed how hell bent on war they really are. With some certainty, in some dark room they are thinking of ways to attack the next potential terrorist state on their list; Iran.

All of these acts have been committed under the blanket of 9-11. We are supposed to believe that the people who committed these attacks hide in the countries “The Free World” wants to bomb.

However looking back on the 9-11 issues, something stinks. People seem to have completely forgotten and ignored the countless reports on secondary explosions at the WTC towers prior and during the time of collapse. The missing jet from Pentagon and Shanksville, not to mention the passengers who were claimed to be vaporised due to the intense heat. However months after it was reported that forensic experts managed to identify 90% of the victims. It is truly miraculous that technology today has come so far that we are able to identify something that was supposed to have completely vanished into the thin air.

While I am not a firm believer of conspiracy theories, in the case of 9-11 they ask valid questions that “We the people” forgot to ask in our state of shock and recovery following the months of 9-11.

Five years on, its not clear whether the world is recovering or whether we are executing the obvious human emotion from the attack, vengeance. Thousands of people have died in the vane of 9-11 and “the free world” since 2001 and many will continue to die. During the time we have been under several different threats and seen devastating attacks on innocent people, mainly Madrid 9-11 and London 07-07. But when fight against terrorism is taken overboard consequences can be severe.

The case was clearly demonstrated in the conflict between Israel and Lebanon. Though dwindling peace in the region hundreds of civilians died on both sides, though the Lebanese casualties were near the thousands, mainly civilians. The world is now facing a tough couple of months observing the peace in the middle east. It’s ironic that after cessation of hostilities in Lebanon, Israel focused it’s attacks on the Gaza strip.

People who were brave enough to raise their voice in the opposition of Israel’s action truly deserve their praise, while the likes of UN deserve shame for their delayed reaction organising a cease fire. Ironic as it is my opinion is that we will never see the Israeli PM or the military leaders in court to face charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

So five years on and the TV is showing another documentary on the survival stories and what happened on 9-11. As “we the people” would’ve forgotten.


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