Saturday, September 12, 2015

9/11 Memorial day

Yesterday was the day just fourteen years after the 9/11 terrorism in the US. In New York, several events were performed to remember the day and respect the victims.

International Business Times: 9/11 anniversary: New York remembers victims 14 years after terror attacks

On September 11 in 2001, four planes were hijacked, to conduct a suicidal attack charging into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The buildings were surrounded by fire and collapsed. More than 3,000 people including all passengers in the compromised airplanes were victimized. Obviously, it is the most tragic event occurred in the history of modern US.

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After the terrorism, President George W Bush declared the war against terrorism, concluding that it was committed by Al-Qaeda founded by Usāma bin Lādin. With overwhelming support of the people, Bush decided to attack Iraq, suspecting that it had supported Al-Qaeda and prepared weapons of mass destruction.

Later, Iraq was proven not to related to Al-Qaeda, and issued weapons were not found. Nonetheless, the US did not stop fighting. Finally, it killed Usāma bin Lādin in 2011.

However, the hatred of the US against Islamic extremists was not calmed down. The US wanted to democratize the Middle East nations in order to extinguish the foundation of terrorism. This movement was broadly criticized by many other nations. Even in the US, politicians with liberal ideology were opposing to the policy of expanding the American dogma to other cultures.

As far as looking at the current situation, this US decision seems not wise, unfortunately. The asymmetric battle between the US and terrorism is still ongoing. The US faced the resistance of conflicting nations and failed to conquer them. Gradually changing its policy, the Obama administration is trying to reconstruct the relationship with the countries that had been against the US, such as Cuba and Iran.

My past entry: Iran nuclear agreement
My past entry: US and Cuba is approaching

I hate terrorism, and anti-humanistic acts should never be approved regardless of the situation. On the other hand, defeating terrorists with power will not be the absolute solution. It is tested what we have learned from the history including many tragedies.

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