Monday, September 11, 2006

911, five years on

The 11th September 2001 is a day I'll never forgot, hearing about the shocking events of that day is still today a vivid memory and trying to comprehend what had taken place was extremely difficult.

A few months before in 2001 I has stood as the Labour candidate in South West Surrey, the issue of terrrorism, Al-Queada was mentioned by no-one, indeed with the IRA on ceasefire it was threat that many including myself believed to be in abeyance and realistically no one really expected a major terrorist attack let alone anything on the scale of destruction that happened on 911.

What happened that day did dramatically bring home that the threats we faced were real, and that as a country we had to face up to the new realities of the global situation. In a way 911 brought to an end an age of innocence which had effectively been in effect from the end of the cold war in 1989 to 2001 in which we believed the world was a more secure place.

Subsequently, we have seen further acts of terrorism by Al-Queada, Bali in 2002, Madrid in 2004(exactly 2 1/2 years after 911) and of course London in 2005. It is clear that security and the fight against terrorism will continue for the foreseeable future.

Whatever the rights and wrongs about the War on Terrorism, let us remember all the victims of 911 and their families who lost loved ones on 11th September 2001, but let us also remember all those who've been victims of terrorism throughout the world since 911.


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