Moving On From Ground Zero

As expected, the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Centre was marked not only with various memorial services in the U.S. and around the world, but also with renewed threats, mistrust and sensitivities.

The images of those aircrafts crashing into the Twin Towers will forever be etched in the memories of those who witnessed events first-hand on the streets of New York and those who watched the gruesome events on television, on that ill-fated day.

In spite of the numerous hypothesis and 9/11 conspiracy theories, the fact of the matter remains that mass murder of innocent people is wrong and against humanity. Regardless of the perpetrator, or the cause, there is simply no justification for the mass murder of innocent people.

The global political and security landscape has significantly changed in the ten years since these senseless attacks. There has been a resurgence of far-right racist groups in the U.S. and Europe. There has been several unsuccessful attempts to blow up American-bound aircrafts. France banned the wearing of the Islamic veil in public. The U.S. and her allies invaded Iraq.  Saddam Hussein was captured and eventually hanged. And Osama Bin Laden, who many hold responsible for these 9/11 attacks, was allegedly assassinated by U.S. special forces.

Regardless of political, regional and religious persuasions, now isn’t the time to reaffirm the quest for more attacks against humanity.  Those who seek martyrdom, by killing themselves and innocent others,  should go back and re-read their scriptures. They will find that suicide and mass murder is an abominable  sin. In the same token, whether mass murder is orchestrated under the “war against terror” banner, or under the guise of enforcing UN resolutions, or even in a selfish quest for world dominance, these are also unacceptable acts of wholesale terrorism.  Mass murder is mass murder.

Hopefully, when completed, the new World Trade Centre will surpass that of the ill-fated structure in life span and grandeur. But more importantly, I hope it serves as a fitting memorial to the victims of the 9/11 tragedy. When we stop to really think about it, the things that unite humanity far outweigh those that divide us.


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