9\11 has become synonymous with the twin towers that fell in 2001. I'm not sure that anyone on earth can't make the association with those three numbers (the terror attacks and the emergency number).
I'll never forget where I was and what I was doing when the news broke. All I know is that it was news worthy enough for our company to stop work and congregate around the television, watching new developments in the story unfold.
It was an act of terror. It was horrific and it changed the way we live and travel today forever.
Subsequently, the USA commemorates the day each and every year, remembering those who fell and the heroes who died saving others.
Three years later, on the 26th of December 2004, mother nature decided to bear her teeth and as a result 230 000 people lost their lives in Indonesia in the tsunami of 2004.
Now, do yourself a favour. On the 11th of September, tune into the international news stations who will air the footage from 9\11 repeatedly and have live coverage of the commemorative ceremonies - all day. Then, on the 26th of December, do the same and see how often the events of the Tsunami make news headlines or the commemoration of the masses who lost their lives are celebrated - you'll have to watch for a long while.
There is a distinct difference between the terror attacks of 9\11 and the Tsunami of 2004. The horror of 9\11 was inflicted by individuals, while the tsunami was an act of God.
Life lost is life lost, whether it be at the hand of man or a tsunami which shows no prejudice.
The 11 000 people who died on 9\11 will always be more news worthy than the 230 000 who died in 2004.
Shift forward to present day, there seems to be much debate on why attacks like the one that happened at the Boston Marathon are so much more news worthy than the rest of the world.
It's quite simple.
America is the worlds largest super power. Pearl Harbour and 9\11 are the only two times in history where the citizens of the USA have been attacked on home soil - ever. No one knows who is responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings, so I won't even begin to speculate whether it was foreign or domestic terrorism. The point is, when a country like the USA who enjoy all their freedoms in what they perceive to be the best country in the world, get attacked on home soil - the world has to pay attention.
Like it or not, our way of air-travel became significantly harder and strict after 9\11. Events like these (should they be foreign attacks) will have an effect on the rest of the world all over again.
There seems to be an injustice in the way world news is reported. Suicide bombings in the middle east with a death toll of 100 people (including women and children), barely gets five minutes on international news. The sad thing is, that's the way of life in the Middle East.
A day in the life of your ordinary American citizen won't be of interest to anyone really - except the Americans.
Many have questioned why there is any more importance to three lives lost at the Boston Marathon than there is to our country, with an annual death toll the same as a country at war. Again, it's simple - it's the same old rhetoric everyday.
I have travelled to America and I know the workings of the media in the States. Go to a small town in Illinois called Peoria - you will literally be starved of international news. Their local news stations cover stories like people in the community who claim they have been abducted by aliens. It's actually frightening how closed off and unaware the Americans are to the events taking place in the rest of the world. CNN is a classic case of wagging the dog in restricting news and images that might put the USA in a bad light.
America's tragedies will always be mainstream news because, well, it's the USA.
Africa has been painted with one brush by the international community - a problem. Unfortunately, South Africa is on that very same canvas.
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