Monday, September 11, 2006

Post 9/11: Better or Worse?

Today the United States of America and the rest of the world marks the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The images, memory,scars of that day's events remain potent in millions of minds and bodies. Already a tribute website called 2996 has registered 3,412 people giving tributes to the victims.

Today will also witness a heavy dose of commentaries of the events particularly the post 9/11 interventions put in place by the Bush administration.

Beyond the tributes and speeches - which will be not unexpectedly laced with spins and criticisms - some issues remain paramount in my mind, and maybe yours as well:

  • Is the United States more secured post 9/11? And what about the rest of the world?

  • These are tough questions to answer, equally as tough as the definitions of- and dfferences between- terrorism and free-fighting, and

  • Is the western-styled democracy the panacea to terrorism? And is the forceful enforcement of this global brand worthy of the huge costs in materials and human lives, as events in Iraq are dictating?

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