“All right. You’ve covered your ass, now.”
– George W. Bush, commenting a memo “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US”, 6 August 2001
Today, we honour thousands of lives lost that September day, ten years ago. There is nothing to be said but “rest in peace” to all innocent victims, to all fallen heroes of 9/11. And though this event contributed to division and hatred, to rise of islamophobia, Park51 is a new hope that all citizens of the United States, regardless of their country of origin or religious beliefs, may live in peace and harmony in a free, multicultural society.
This horrific event was misused by the US Government to justify imperialist conquests in Afghanistan and Iraq and to turn America into an Orwellian police state. Though I may not agree with those who question the official account of 9/11, I will defend to death their right to say it and I will continue to oppose labelling everyone who dissents as “conspiracy theorist.” I would also like to remind the readers that it is the United States who created, armed and trained Osama bin Laden. Without CIA most likely nobody would have heard of him. 9/11 was carried out with American weapons and thanks to military trainings US government provided to the Taliban. In the end, 79 commandos and one dog raided his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan and instead of arresting Osama bin Laden and putting him on trial, they decided to murder a man who has not been convicted of any crime. They executed Osama bin Laden extrajudicially and thus deprived not only him of right to fair trial but also families of the victims of justice, of the right to know who is behind the attack in which their loved ones were killed. Because he may have told the world something the US Government did not want us to hear – an inconvenient truth.
My Afghan friends kept reminding me of the assassination of Ahmad Shah Massoud two days before 9/11. The Lion of Panjshir, a freedom fighter who resisted both Soviet occupation and Taliban terror, warned the world of the terrorist threat. “Our beloved martyred commander”, as they call him, never received any help from CIA. Instead, it was Osama bin Laden who got it. However, revenge is not justice and murder of anyone is unjustifiable. That is a principle that must be respected in each and every democratic society.