15 Years Since 9/11

I sat on my play mat as my mum ironed clothes in front of the tv, watching the 6 o'clock news. She watched the footage that would become famous all the world over, as the Twin Towers crashed to the ground. I was very young, and when she tells me about that evening, mum says how she feared for the world that I would grow up to live in.

I don't live anywhere near New York, nor Washington D.C. I live all the way across the Atlantic, in a sleepy, small city in England. Yet even the thousands of miles between the US and UK weren't enough to quell the fear brought out in people. It is situations like this, like the tragedy at the Bataclan last year, like in Brussels this year, heightening in extremity and frequency, where fear has no borders.

I don't profess to know a lot about international relations of this time, although world affairs and politics does interest me. There are hundreds of conspiracy theories all over the internet, but what cannot be denied is that 9/11 (or 11/9 as the date was here) was a day of immense suffering.

I wish that I could tell you that since then the world had sat up, considered what a tragedy it is and collectively put aside our differences to....no. That would appear to be too idealistic. Of course there will always be suffering, but it seems like there is so much in the world at the moment.

Then in the time when people, when humanity needs each other the most, do we provide this? No, instead we have people inciting hatred, incentivising another generation to phobia of anything and everything that doesn't fit the hypocritical mould that apparently is okay. Where nations are splitting away from each other (cough, Brexit, which you can find my bemused rant about here), where a refugee, fleeing for their life is worth nothing unless they have a positive pound, dollar, euro over their head. 
It is not all bleak, however. Young people feel more empowered and are starting to rise up, the world over, to object to the lack of notice they receive. The Arab Spring suggests that a new tide of democracy-embracing young people are gaining a voice in the Middle East, which in turn will perhaps reduce the influence of violent fundamentalists.

I am disappointed. The world needs to unite, and it appears like the only thing that has happened in the 15 years since the world's largest terrorist attack is that we have driven walls between groups that shouldn't exist. Fear is nothing when you have enough people on your side, so it really must be a global effort if we want to eliminate the terror in terrorism.


*This post was made respectfully, and with all 2996 victims and the thousands more affected by the 9/11 attacks in our minds. May they rest in peace and let us hope that such a tragedy is never seen again. *