The day the West changed.I can still remember walking through the town centre and seeing the news on a TV in an electrical shop. Thought it was a film at first and it was only when it was repeating the same things on different channels that I realised it was the news and not a film. The second plane flying in was like a physical shock.
It was the day everything came home to roost and everyone discovered how others around the world felt about our policies. The west changed that day. To our shame in our search for someone to punish we caused a lot of pain and hardship to a lot of innocent people by striking out without facts at the wrong people. It's done a lot of damage to our own society and our position in the world. I believe we have left the moral high ground and gone astray in our anger. It was our leaders that shaped the retaliation and they were wrong.
However, it did bring forcibly home the threat we have been facing for some time but did not fully recognise. Even now some in the west do not see it as the threat it really is. We need to negate the threat and if that means that innocent people must die then let it be the right innocent people and not more of us. We must also recognise that we need to change as well. Our policies are motivated by self interest and we need to consider the global impact if we want the threat to be removed. I would prefer by peaceful means but if the choice is annihilation then so be it. The gloves must come off but we must do things right and follow our morals because we are a civilised society.
911 will be remembered for a long time to come. Many innocent people died that day and we must remember that they were not even the first to die in this war but the first that brought the war to everyone. We must not forget.