9/11 – 10th anniversary: Is the world a safe place now by The British Asian Blog
September 11 2001 – was the day when four planes were hi-jacked, two were flown into the twin towers New York, and two were flown into other sites. Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of this awful and dire day in which 3000 people lost their lives.
Since this event took place, many more continue to lose their lives around the world; one thing for sure (in my view) is the world is less safe to live in after 9/11. I wish this day never happened and a day I wish turned out to be different for everyone, but this definitely is a day which has turned the whole world into one big battle field.
10 years on and countless number of deaths later, I’m force to rethink whether or not the ‘the war on terror’ response from USA and its alliance actually achieved anything positive?
Over the last few weeks leading up to the 10th anniversary, I’m gradually reminded about this day by various information mediums. Documentaries one after another on different aspects of 9/11 are aired targeting the times when TV is mostly watched, forcing the masses to relive and revive that moment when the planes struck the towers. This day was a nightmare and everything that followed on from this day was even worse. Why should we be forced to relive or stimulate these nightmares and be reminded of how society crumbled literally over night?
Nonetheless my thoughts and prayers go out to those innocent people who have lost their lives since 9/11. 10 years on I’m convinced that America could have taken a different route to bring whoever was behind 9/11 to justice. As it stands there is so much discrepancies around 9/11 which casts a shadow on the official US government explanation and evidence.
After 9/11 there were many repercussions on people and communities around the world, British Asians were for sure a community and amongst others who experienced hostilities from a generally neutral society. It caused problems for many people and in all sectors, racism rocketed since 9/11 against Muslims or anyone who appeared to look like a Muslim, and media-manufactured stories didn’t help.
Many British Asians may evoke hearing stories or evening experiencing racism in places where they lived for decades without any trouble, in places where they worked, studied or socialised. For sure life for many British Asians became difficult and lived in fear of reprisals and punishments from society which they were very much part of.
10 years on, life has improved somewhat for British Asians but embedded deep inside the subconscious mind of the British Society there still lingers the antagonism and racism which has given rise to Islamaphobia. Life for sure hasn’t been the same since 9/11. Asian society on the receiving end made numerous attempts to launch projects to help level out any issues and to educated people in to live together in harmony and better tolerance. One such attempt was a Bollywood movie called “My Name is Khan” which addresses confusion that many people have. It was a success but not reality. We have got some way to go before we see living conditions improve in all areas for British Asians.