So yes, I have succumbed to the temptation to write about that fateful day 10 years ago.
DISCLAIMER: What you will read (if you will read it) is my opinion and I am not forcing it on anyone. My aim wasn’t to offend anyone – just thought I’d say that because I suspect my point of view might be different from most people… Perhaps not.
I remember that day – like most of people who might visit this blog. I was a senior and due to time difference between NY and Kyiv (7 hours), I was back home from school. My aunt and I watched TV, flipping the channels and looking for something decent.
“Ah, another action movie…” My aunt clicked on next channel.
“Wait… It was BBC World – they don’t show action mo…” I began, but my aunt already realized what I was going to say.
We got in time to watch the second plane crash into the tower. We weren’t sure what will happen afterwards (although the thought of third world war was somewhere around), so we just sat and watched live broadcast.
Fast-Forward 10 years.
I still have mixed feelings about this whole thing. No, I am not denying the fact that it was a tragic day for the US. That is what it is – a fact. However, perhaps I have read way too many books – but saying that “the evil is gone” when Bin Laden was killed is simply dumb. Sorry anyone who I might’ve offended with that, but seriously – do you REALLY think that it was just Bin Laden who was the mastermind behind this? I don’t.
Granted, I don’t live in the US (and even if I were, I am not American) and I could do what I seem to do all the time – observe. Observe, not from the midst of the chaos, but from a far away country. (And yes, I guess you can say it’s easy for me to say what I’m saying because I wasn’t involved. It is easier, I am not denying that fact.)
To be honest… this whole “remembering” bothers me. Why are we so keen to remember the bad parts in our lives? I can understand celebrating Victory day year after year… but remembering such a sad day? I don’t see what good it can bring to people – besides making them afraid of the “big bad foreign wolf” (while there might as well be even badder bigger wolves in sheep’s clothing right there among us) and further dividing the nations.
May 1, 2011
Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.
Statement by President George W. Bush
When I’ve read that, I thought “REALLY?!”
The victory wasn’t claimed on May 1, 2011 when Bin Laden was supposedly killed. The justice hasn’t been done – because justice will never truly be done this way. And this is NOT a way to achieve peace around the world, dear Mr. Obama and Mr. Bush.