It’s hard to imagine that in one week from today, it will be exactly two years since the September 11 event took place in New York.
This incident has often been touted as THE “loss of innocence” by much of US-based media. Since then, US has been involved in every major terrorist-related retaliatory efforts, which are still on-going.
Yes, it is true that innocence has been lost. However, the loss did not start from this incident alone but much earlier. It’s just that violence was brought closer to home for the Americans, and similarly to other Western nations. Oh, I am not about to argue that America brought this onto herself or anything like that, as some have tried to claim. But I will suggest that we take a step back and consider its global impact and put things into perspective.
People in many countries live daily with violence, the type that we can hardly imagine in our comfy homes in Singapore, Australia, US, etc.
In fact, this sentiment was brought home to me when, quite recently, I asked an Indonesian friend about the bombing which took place in Jakarta. I was a little taken aback by his was surprised by his blasï¿½ (to me at any rate) answer: life goes on per normal.
After all, where can people run to? Do they even have the options to run anywhere?