Sunday, 11 September 2011
I Can't See New York
It's difficult not to sound disrespectful or lacking empathy or concern, if I say I hate this 10th anniversary binge.
9/11 was a private tragedy for nearly 3000 families, it was a public disaster for America and much of the Muslim world.
Let those families remember, mourn and continue to grieve in private - through no fault of their own loved ones were snatched away in a most terrifying manner. Let us pray that most have been able to move on, and that their scars have not left them too badly damaged.
Hearing their stories, their anger, grief and, in some cases, continuing hopelessness is not something I care to do, even at 10 yearly intervals.
If we must remember publicly that moment of stunning high drama and incomprehension, let us also remember what it lead America into. 10 years of wasted effort, 10 years focused not on healing, but of bleeding Iraq and Afghanistan dry. 10 years when the greatest power on earth, occupied overseas lands, but lost its own home land.
Remember that America's response did nothing to redeem those thousands of lives lost. Remember that its own response was, in many ways, driven by an ideology and belief as distorted and blind as that of those who flew the planes into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
America has paid a frightful price for its revenge. Let's hope they and us remember that.