It doesn’t matter how we die, we always die alone.
September 11, 2011 § 1 Comment
I just wanted to write a few thoughts on the 10 years of the WTC attack.
I’ve read through these past days many people accusing the US of being just as guilty of terrorism as those who took threw the planes against the World Trade Center. People keep saying ‘WHAT ABOUT HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI? WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE PEOPLE THE US ARMY KILLED IN THE MIDDLE EAST?’.
It surprises me that someone would respond to a grieving situation, to a terrible mark in the history of the 21st century (and might I say, of the human history) and to all those more than 2000 lives lost, with such a statement.
Of course Hiroshima and Nagasaki were terrible and yes, we do still see consequences of it today, of course the War on Terror that followed the 11/09 attacks was a horrible thing (and sadly it still is) and so many other horrible tragedies, but can you stop thinking about your ideals against capitalism for a moment and think about families and lives lost?
The way I see it, it doesn’t matter what nationality were the people who died or when or who did it, it matters that it was unreasonable and…well, evil. What matters now is the pain and the healing process and whether you like it or not, the 10 years ‘anniversary’ (if you can call it that – I always reserved that word for good things) of those attacks is part of that process. For those people who lost friends and family there, it’s not about which terrorist attack was worse, it matters that it happened and it seems all unthinkable and wrong and people are judging a country for wanting to show respect for those lives lost.
I’m not saying other lives lost in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Baghdad, Belfast, Madrid, London, Mumbai, Kandahar and so on, mean nothing, because they DO and they mean as much as any other life taken by prejudice, fundamentalism or xenophobia. These past 10 years have been shaped by that one day in September (and I remember hearing on the radio and thinking it was the beginning of the III World War), as you like it or not, the US is the geopolitical force of the last 60 years, so it’s sad that their tragedy seems to matter more than other tragedies around the planet, but blame the journalists, blame the politicians and their games, don’t blame the victims.
I’m sorry that my sister (who was only 2 when the 11/9 happened) had to grow up watching repeatedly news of terrorists and war against this said terror and seeing the replay of those planes hitting those buildings, of car bombs being exploded, of suicide bombers murdering innocents in the name of a god. I’m sorry she had to grow up seeing armies murdering civilians in the name of democracy, or that she had to see that prejudice and xenophobia are still part of the world culture even after the II World War, and I’m sorry she has to see people who dislike the US saying that grieving is only an excuse to ‘play the victim’. I’m sorry she has to see that the answer to violence seems to be more violence and hatred.
Don’t blame the victims of fear and hate of all over the planet on ideologies and acts played by politicians.