A Day Remembered: September 11, 2001
It was a surreal morning back in 2001. We we all watched aghast at the horror of it. The "movie" played out but in the end we all had to come to terms with the reality of the horror of it all.
It was more than Amercian tragedy. Of the 3000 who died there were people representing up to 70 countries. Canada lost 24 of its citizens.Canadians who died in World Trade Center Disaster Sept 11, 2001 The World Trade Center was a monument to world wide commerce.
For this, it may have been a target.
For our American cousins it was an affront: an attack on its citizens and its understanding of itself , in New York, Washington and Pennsyvania, as the leading Nation of the World. American was the be changed for ever.
Canada and the World, stood in solidarity and sympathy with the United States. Canada responded by having the grounded air planes land at our airports where not only did government agencies respond efficiently but local Canadian families took in strangers into their homes and lives, unhesitantly. We were after all neighbours!
As the years have passed. The inadequate and wrong headed response to this terrorist tragedy has just added to the horror of it all. The World's good will for American was squandered and fear saw the Nation of Liberty transform itself for the worst. And then there, were those who used the tragedy to bring war to a country with no responsibility for the tragedy for an agenda that can best understood as a grab for control of oil. They have have earned the World's contempt. Millions of Iraqi citizens and ten of thousands of American soldiers have paid a terrible price in death and injury.
The War on Afghanistan has proved to have been a crude response to terrorism when a precious response was called for. It has little affected the threat of terrorism. And left a country to try to repair itself and regain it peace and sovereignty. It has come to be seen as a dubious military adventure.
Sadly, the truth of these word of W.H. Auden were realized " Those to whom evil is done/ Do evil in return."