The Borderless Act of 9-11

On 11 September 2011, as families continued their mourning over the loss of loved ones, the world recalled the attack on the World Trade Centers. Though the loss of lives and property was horrendous, I take heart from the fact the memorials are not limited to just the U.S. They were held around the world including in the United Kingdom. Memorials in the UK, France, Japan, Israel, Scotland and other countries held ceremonies on the tenth anniversary of the attack while dozens of other countries sent messages of sorrow and hope.

The fact is that the particular buildings chosen for attack, the World Trade Center, was a microcosm of the world. The act of destruction was borderless which was not what the attackers really intended. They were specifically attacking the U.S. and yet what they attacked was a group of people who represented some of the best and the brightest from around the world. The New York City victims were citizens of the United States, of course, but they also represented citizens from the United Kingdom, India, Japan, China, Canada, Guyana, Ecuador, Poland, Russia, Haiti, Cuba, Pakistan and dozens of others. Many of these people were young, educated and working on the very solutions we seek through Web Governments.

All the major religions were represented by those killed in the 9-11 attack also. There were Jewish, Protestants, Catholics, Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims. The fact Muslims working and living in the United States were killed only reinforces the fact that the attackers were misguided and proved nothing by taking so many lives.

The UK Prince of Wales and Prime Minister David Cameron attended a London remembrance ceremony on the 10th anniversary of 9-11.  On the same day a Briton was killed by Somali pirates, a Bedfordshire raid uncovered a male slave trade, Sweden arrested terror suspects, and 80 US soldiers were injured in Afghanistan by a truck bomb set by insurgents.

Will we never learn? The answer, in my humble opinion, is that we will. I take hope from the message embedded in the 9-11 attack and the headlines. The message is that as a global community we still recognize the difference between morality from immorality, human rights and injustice, terrorism and peacefulness, and the need for war and the need to end unjust wars.

The 9-11 attack crossed borders, religions, ethnicities, gender and age. In that fact lies our hope as the upcoming generation that will have to work to insure such a senseless act does not happen again.


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