This article was published by GR ten years ago in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
On September 12, 2001, The Atlantic Council meeting in Brussels invoked article 5 of the Washington Treaty. An Attack against one member state of the Atlantic alliance by a foreign power is an Attack against all member states of the Atlantic Alliance. The name of that aggressive foreign power was never mentioned. It was Afghanistan.
Michel Chossudovsky, August 10, 2020
“You love your country
as the nearest, most precious thing to you.
But one day, for example,
they may endorse it over to America,
and you, too, with your great freedom –
you have the freedom to become an air-base.”
From: “A Sad Kind Of Freedom”, by Nazim Hickmet (1902-1963) courtesy Rick Rozoff, Stop NATO(*)
It is instructive to look at the plethora of 9/11, tenth anniversary pullouts in newspapers, to note the commemorative programmes, interviews, memories. The heartbreak, broken and lost lives: the ten year old, now twenty, who realized, horror struck, that her father was in the building she watched flaming and falling, on television.
There are spreads of other ten years olds, children unborn when their pregnant mother was widowed, by a terrible atrocity, on a sunlit day, in a city turned dark by smoke and ash. Pregnant survivors, say “experts”, passed their trauma to their children, we learn.
“Share your memories of 9/11 ten years on”, invite newspapers
Photographers have recalled: “the day of horror.”
Yet, with the all comes the realization that seemingly, this tragedy of enormity – 2,751 lost souls, in an event, which exceeded the deaths of Pearl Harbour, according to the 9/11 Commission Report – is unique.
Carnage across the world, has been wrought in subsequent US-driven bloodshed. One assessment to August 2010, using a more conservative death toll than some, is of the equivalent of three hundred and three 9/11s in Iraq and Afghanistan alone, in the ongoing post-September 2001 assaults. (i)
This toll, however,