There’s an insightful article on the Guardian entitled “The weekend’s 9/11 horror-fest will do Osama bin Laden’s work for him.” I call this insightful largely because I had had the same thought myself. Here is an excerpt:
I would ask Bin Laden whether he had something special up his sleeve for the fifth anniversary. Why waste money, he would reply. The western media were obligingly re-enacting the destruction and the screaming, turning the base metal of violence into the gold of terror. They would replay the tapes and rerun the footage ad nauseam, and thus remind the world of his awesome power. Americans are more afraid of jihadists this year than last. In a Transatlantic Trends survey, the number of them describing international terrorism as an “extremely important threat” went up from 72% to 79%. As for European support for America’s world leadership, that has plummeted from 64% in 2002 to 37% this year.
Bin Laden might boast that he had achieved terrorism’s equivalent of an atomic chain reaction: a self-regenerating cycle of outrage and foreign-policy overkill, aided by anniversary journalism and fuelled by the grim scenarios of security lobbyists. He now had only to drop an occasional CD into the offices of al-Jazeera, and Washington and London quaked with fear. The authorities could be reduced to million-dollar hysterics by a phial of nail varnish, a copy of the Qur’an, or a dark-skinned person displaying a watch and a mobile phone.
I encourage you to read the whole thing.
It is the business of terrorists to incite terror. A terrified populace is an easily controlled populace. As the failed “liquid explosive” bombing attempt in London demonstrates, terrorists don’t even have to kill anyone to incite panic and sweeping, ill-thought-out changes in policy.
I am tired of this. Enough! Enough of the media constantly replaying those same terrible hours over and over again. Enough of the herd of the Western World quivering in terror of the Jihadist wolves. Enough of politicians using 9/11 to justify further and further attacks on liberty and human decency.
So, I for my part choose not to wallow in the horror and terror of those attacks five years ago. I do not plan to watch the movies. I will not listen to CNN’s non-stop coverage. I will not engage in the 9/11 Festival of Horror.