Monday, September 11, 2006

A Dance of Monsters

Today we remember the victims of September 11, 2001, the day of the worst attack in history on US soil. In the heart of the Big Apple, the unimaginable played before our eyes. The unthinkable. Reality had surpassed the real limit.
It was like a film of horror. Directed and enacted by terrorists, distributed to the world by the media. The physical force of the attack was striking, but I wonder if the mediatic force wasn´t just as strong. The images sent all over the world needed no explanation - planes against a blue sky scorching tall buildings. A message, designed for the television screen, promoted Manhattan´s fear to all the corners of the world. Perfect, in the perpetrator´s mind.
Although it may seem to have come from a blue sky, the origin of the attack is not a mystery. It traces back twenty years, when money and arms changed hands in central Asia. Since then, both sides have gained from the attack of the other. What began as a collaboration turned to a symbiosis of death. A dance of monsters.

The victims of 9-11 keep falling to this day. 3 000 in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. 40 000* in Iraq.

* Civilians killed by military intervention. Source: Iraq Body Count