The Day The Global War on Terror Started
In under 20 minutes from this post being made it will be 10 years since the first plane hit the WTC towers in New York. Attributed as the worst terrorist atrocity the world has ever seen; it is very rare to find anyone who does not know where they were or what they were doing at that point 10 years ago. I myself was out cycling without a care in the world in a rather serene setting, moving across the countryside not aware of the unfolding terror.
It is reported that 2,977 people died in those attacks 10 years ago. This included police officers and firemen who went into the building and lost their lives for the simple act of wanting to help others. It is also a debatable question as to who was the bravest of those who lost their lives in the tower, those who stayed and either perished in the flames/building, or those who decided to jump. Either way people can’t comment on that because it is one of those things you will never know about unless you are put in that situation yourself.
It is important to remember that the 2,977 who died that day were only the start in a long chain of events that continues up to and beyond today. Airport security although a pain to many these days is an almost near necessity, biometric passports are becoming the norm and anti-terror legislation the world over has eroded civil liberties to a great degree. Armed forces deaths for US/British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan currently totals over 6,700.
Although the events set in motion following 9/11 mean that the number of deaths that day do indeed pale into insignificance compared to everything that has gone on since; it is important to remember that the majority of those who died 10 years ago were not service personnel. Although every man/woman/child is somebodies son or daughter (including military personnel), the majority of those who died 10 years ago had just turned up for a day of work in the office.
People who perform any form of public service by serving their country do accept to some degree the dangers they may undertake in the course of their employment. Being proud of what they do, and knowing their families and country are/is proud of their service makes it a little bit easier. Those who were plain old ordinary civilians still did their country proud (United 93) and stood up to be counted. There are stories of those trapped in the buildings being courageous to the end.
What we can never forget, is that Christian or Muslim, religious or not religious; we are all deep down the same inside and should never treat others in any way that we would not like to be treated ourselves. Although followers of Islam committed these atrocities, not all Muslims are bad; same goes for Christians or followers of other faiths, it doesn’t matter who you are, and eye for an eye will make the world blind.