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9/11: A time of reflection

11 September 2011, 11:00  - Abdullah Saeed
What happened on September 11, 2001 was undoubtedly a crime against humanity and it must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

Each year the tragic events that happened on 9/11 bring with it sorrow for the many that lost loved ones and a time of reflection for many others.

For some sections of the mass media, it seems to have become almost a ritual to use it as an opportunity to sensationalise this crime against humanity with doom-laden headlines regarding the so called “Islamist threat”.

Fear mongers are exploiting the pain, hurt and fear associated with 9/11. Islamophobes ignore or possibly intentionally disregard the reality that 9/11 affected people of all nationalities and faiths.

Unfortunately, the reaction by the American government to September 11 has resulted in the illegal invasion and destruction of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings.

American imperialism and it’s so called “war on terror” have far surpassed the 9/11 attacks in crimes against humanity.

The only thing that will heal the bleeding world is the voice of the ordinary people. We all have a responsibility to our children, grandchildren, future generations, to humanity and all life.

We need to find amicable solutions and alternatives to all this death, destruction, violence and pain.

This is a responsibility unique in human history. If we do not accept responsibility to speak out and act for a world free of racist policies, injustices, imbalances, inequalities, war and violence, who will?

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