Sep 11 2012
By Fatih Abdulsalam
Azzaman, September 11, 2011
For 11 years the September 11 anniversary has had great symbolic impact influence on the United States. The rest of the world has cared much less.
But the question is for how long will the U.S. be occupied with this anniversary? Is it in Americans’ interest to keep this anniversary forever as the most important moment in their lives and history?
Questions like these are hard for Americans to respond to in the shadow of the years they spent fighting two ruinous wars, one in Afghanistan and the other in Iraq. The Afghanistan war is still raging and as for the war in Iraq, Americans have yet to come up with a single convincing reason for launching it.
Like monkeys, the Americans guided by the notorious George W. Bush, have been bouncing from one justification to another. First they leaned on the alleged weapons of mass destruction. Then they cited the alleged justification of Iraq having links to al-Qaeda. They even talked about spreading democracy in this part of the world.
Despite the falsity of all these claims, the Americans have yet to realize that their war in Iraq was an illusion for which they paid dearly in blood and money to see the country falling right into the lap of the government in Tehran.
Instead of isolating Iran for its nuclear program, they withdrew and handed Iraq over, on a golden plate, to Iran.
The events of the past 11 years have demonstrated that it is in the U.S. interest to be less occupied with September 11 despite its impact and influence.
The destiny of nations should not evolve on certain dates. Life goes on. What is important for America is not to forget the realities that have emerged as a result of its persistence to keep this anniversary alive.
The world has changed and the Middle East is being transformed without the U.S. achieving any of its strategic interests. On the contrary its influence and is waning and reputation diminishing.
The U.S. thought a world without leaders like Saddam Hussein, who it toppled in an illegal invasion, and former leaders of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, can be a better place to live.
This has proved to be a fallacy. Things in the Middle East have stagnated and the future is gloomier than before. There must be something more important for Americans to look forward to than harking back to the memories of September 11.
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