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Japan and the World Need America to Recover from September 11

 

"In the United States as a result of counterterrorism measures, airport security has become much more aggressive, while prejudice against Muslims and Muslim immigrants has spread. It seems that the great freedom and tolerance that Americans once enjoyed has been lost. It has been a decade of struggle for the United States."

 

EDITORIAL

 

Translated By Ryuichi Sato

 

September 9, 2010

 

Japan - The Yomiuri Shimbun - Original Article (Japanese)

One of the two World Trade Tower Memorial pools, at the World Trade Center reconstruction site in New York, Sept. 10.

 

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Out of the ruins of the collapsed World Trade Center site in New York, struck in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, one can hear the echo of reconstruction.

 

Next to the September 11 memorial park stands a majestic-looking skyscraper, One World Trade Center, which when completed will be the tallest building in America. While reminding people of the tragedy, this also shows that nothing will stop the country's progress. It is a scene that convinces one of the strength of the United States.

 

The September 11 terrorist attacks had a tremendous impact on the United States and the world. After the end of the Cold War, the only superpower worthy of the name was attacked by four commercial airliners hijacked by 19 terrorists. To forget the 3,000 people who died in those attacks would be impossible.

 

Following the surprise attacks by the global terrorist organization al-Qaeda, the George W. Bush Administration responded by launching the so-called "war on terror." Given the unprecedented nature of the attacks, Bush's response was understandable.

 

Ten years on, and the war in Afghanistan is still going on. Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the 2001 terrorist attacks, was recently tracked down and killed after many years as a fugitive, and the battle to eliminate terrorism has spread to Pakistan.

 

In the Iraq War, which the United States launched despite European opposition, no WMDs were discovered, undermining the pretext for launching the war. As a result, the U.S. lost a significant amount of prestige and learned a bitter lesson about resorting to the use of force.

 

In the United States as a result of counterterrorism measures, airport security has become much more aggressive, while prejudice against Muslims and Muslim immigrants has spread. It seems that the great freedom and tolerance that Americans once enjoyed has been lost.

 

Over 6,000 members of the U.S. armed forces have been killed in the wars. The economic cost of the wars - $1.3 trillion (about 100 trillion) - has exacerbated the fiscal crisis occurring alongside them. It has been a decade of struggle for the United States.

 

 

SEE ALSO ON THIS:  

Die Welt, Germany: To be Ashamed of One's Identity is also Terrorism    

Huanqiu, China: Anniversary of 9-11 Shows Lack of American Solidarity    

RTBF, Belgium: September 11 and the Value of Having Defined Enemies    

Folha, Brazil: 'Two Septembers' that Changed the World  

Global Times, China: In Post-9/11 America, Anger Overwhelmed Self-Reflection    

Iraq of Tomorrow: After 9-11, Iraq was Punished for America's Mistakes    

Iraq of Tomorrow: 'Iraqis are Not a Herd of Beasts!'  

El Heraldo, Honduras: September 11 Response Brought 'Loss of U.S. Prestige'    

Haaretz, Israel: Why a Lethal Surprise Like Sept. 11 May Happen Again

Dar Al-Hayat, Saudi Arabia: Arabs Have Paid the Highest Price for 9-11 Attack

Internet Broadcast: Bin Laden Urges 9-11 Families to Demand New Probe Into Attacks

Der Spiegel, Germany: Eight Years after 9-11: The Bloody Legacy of Cheney's Failures

Wen Wei Po, Hong Kong: How America Ended its Own Dominance

 

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The United States has a stubbornly high unemployment rate and consumption is stagnant. Americans are focused on the economy and issues affecting their livelihoods, particularly with issues like business conditions, taxes and employment.

 

U.S. President Barack Obama has become increasingly inward-looking, saying for instance, "America. It is time to focus on nation-building here at home." This shows concern that the United States is in decline and reflects a sense of crisis.

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In contrast to the decline of the United States, newly emerging countries have achieved high levels of economic growth. China, which has shown remarkable growth, has surpassed Japan to become the No. 2 economy in the world, and has been beefing up its military strength.

 

Although trends toward a multipolar world will continue, no country other than the United States can play such a central role in dealing with threats like terrorism, which are aimed at destroying the international order.

 

For the good of Japan and in order to stabilize the region and ensure its prosperity, it is vital that Japan deepen its alliance with the United States.

 

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