"It is forbidden to kill. Therefore all murderers are punished, unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets." Voltaire
I'd say that counts as "trumpets."
While the US triumphantly celebrated the death of one man, Osama bin Laden, the hundreds of thousands of graves that were dug along the way were not in those people's minds, and nor are they in the minds of people today.
9/11 as an anniversary is not like our Remembrance Day, where we are mindful of the large loss of life inflicted in the World Wars. 9/11 rather, is a day to remember the deaths of 2996 people in New York City. A day to take everyone back to their feelings of shock and awe, of sitting in front of their TVs, of where they were when it happened, and to remember the moment that the US would vow to hunt down the sick fuckers that did this.
It is the day "terrorism" entered our daily vocabulary and a term that over the last ten years, has been used to inflict all sorts of interruptions on our daily lives, X-Ray machines in airports, multi-billion dollar corporate businesses, the invasion of Iraq, and dropping bombs on Pakistan and Yemen via unmanned aircraft. Bombs that have also been responsible for the deaths of innocent people, and children.
Still lost on the part of our minds that should be devoted to common sense, is the fact that bombs are indiscriminate. They can be dropped on places that were not intended to be dropped. They kill women and children without decision. These bombs are no different than the indiscriminate attacks on the World Trade Center buildings, yet dropping them is celebrated.
A little more than a year ago in 2010, Wikileaks published documents that had a profound impact on the way loss of life in the "war on terror" is viewed. They showed the gross misconducts of military officials to cover up civilian deaths as "terrorist deaths." They showed the backlash in Afghan villages when innocent people are killed, by US or NATO troops barging into houses in night raids. Small sums of money are offered to the enraged families, as if the deaths of their loved ones can be bought and sold as some sort of commodity.
On this ten year anniversary, we should remember that;
2996 civilians died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
The civilian death toll in Afghanistan is nearly impossible to even estimate.
Over 90, 000 civilians have died in Iraq since 2003.
And lastly, I think that it is important to remember that this mass carnage is not over. And that perhaps it should be. And that maybe it is about high time to consider that we have been waging a war of "justice and peace" when it has brought none.
"Justice will bring peace. Not intelligence wars against 'world terror.' But our leaders will not admit this." Robert Fisk