Bush, center, with, from left, former New York Mayor
then-Governor George Pataki, Senator Charles Schumer,
former Fire Commissioner Thomas Van Essen look toward
site of the former Twin Towers, Sept. 14, 2009
El Heraldo, Honduras
Response Brought 'Loss of U.S. Prestige'
is mainly due to the massive violations of human rights committed during its 'war
on terror,' but also because it set the stage for attacks on civil rights, including
in some countries where governments used the battle against 'terrorism' to impose
blood and fire on minorities."
Translated By Miguel Gutierrez
September 11, 2009
Honduras - El Heraldo - Original Article (Spanish)
The people of the
United States today are recalling, with ceremonies similar to those of previous
years, the attacks of September 11, 2001 against the symbols of the superpower's
economic and military prowess - the twin towers of 107-story World Trade Center
and the Pentagon itself.
Eight years after
suffering the worst terrorist attack on its soil, the United States has failed
not only to achieve the goals it set for itself in its "war on
terror" or capture the alleged mastermind of the attacks, Saudi Arabian Osama
bin Laden, it remains bogged down in one of the "preventive wars" that
it launched - the one in Afghanistan - where the Taliban appear to have gotten stronger.
And this despite the way Washington's new government has focused the majority
of its efforts there.
The decision by President Barack
Obama to reduce the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq - the second country
invaded as part of the policy of "preventive war" - with their
withdrawal from cities and the handover of control to the government of that
country in June, has given Washington somewhat of a breather from that fiasco. But
this has done nothing to eliminate the influence of radical Islamic groups in the
ancient land of Mesopotamia.
In Iraq alone, the
number of U.S. soldiers killed in combat far outnumbers the nearly 3,000 people
killed in the attacks of September 11. Iraqis killed during this illegal,
immoral and unjustified war numbers in the hundreds of thousands. To this must
be added the huge number of injured and displaced, and the fact that much of
the infrastructure and rich cultural heritage of that nation has been destroyed.
The response of the United
States to the attacks of September 11, 2001 has resulted in a tremendous loss
of prestige for Washington, mainly due to the massive violations of human
rights committed during its "war on terror." But also because it set
the stage for attacks on civil rights, including in some countries where governments
used the battle against "terrorism" to impose blood and fire on
minorities, as the Russians did in Chechnya.
Eight years after the
terrorist attacks that changed the world, New Yorkers complain that the
monument and building being constructed on the site of the Twin Towers are unlikely
to be ready for the tenth anniversary in two years, Osama bin Laden and the
leader of the Taliban [Mullah Omar] continue to plan terrorist acts and the
world remains a more insecure place to live.
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