Twelve years ago today was one of those days when everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when they learned of the 9/11 attacks. As with the assassination of John F. Kennedy and, so I’ve been told, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the events of September 11, 2001 are indelibly etched on people’s minds. Not just the scenes of horror – that no matter how many times they have been replayed over the last dozen years, are still unbelievable – but also the mundane aspects of the day. I was at my desk at work when my mother called to tell me. It soon became clear that no work was going to be done that day by anyone.
Like a magician hoping you will watch his left hand while his right takes your wallet, those who would mark the anniversary with foul play are no doubt hoping all eyes remain on Syria.
Over the intervening years there have been wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, sadly other terrorist attacks in various places around the world and, thankfully, more thwarted attempts at devastation. Unfortunately if there is a lesson to be learned it is that these threats and acts aren’t going to go away any time soon. As those charged with protecting citizens get more adept at their job it seems the terrorists are one step ahead of them, as technology assists both sides.
And now the world’s attention is focused on Syria and the recent revelation that chemical weapons have been used in that country’s civil war (is there anything civil about war?). Given the backdrop of terror one can’t help but wonder if the situation in Syria will be used as a distraction for a 9/11 commemoration of a more violent nature. Like a magician hoping you will watch his left hand while his right takes your wallet, those who would mark the anniversary with foul play are no doubt hoping all eyes remain on Syria.
I certainly hope I’m wrong.