The world 5 years later, after the most daring and barbaric attack of terrorism ever witnessed was conducted on US soil, is at a crossroad , caught in the duel between Bush and bin Laden. Not believing in al-Qaida’s idealogy and not able to digest Bush’s policies in his war against terrorism.
The question which everyone is asking is whether the world has become a safer place to live in?It doesn’t seem so. The knee jerk reaction of Bush after 9/11 in the form of the Iraq war, where he made the world believe that it had something to do with the fight against terrorism ( we know better now – Saddam hated the al- Qaida as much as we do), the futile attack on Afghanistan in his search for Bin Laden, his support to Israel in its attack on Lebanon all have quickly changed the enormous feelings of sympathy and love which made the entire world say that ‘ We are all Americans’ to one of outrage and disbelief. The world sadly to say has become a more dangerous and less beautiful place to live in.
In his fight against terrorism Mr. Bush seems to have forgotten that ‘the ends cannot justify the means’ . Today we have a world that has less tolerance for human rights and even lesser respect for different cultures. We have America which is using 9/11 as a tool for racism. The Arab world is feeling alienated in the fight against terrorism. They are caught between the devil and the deep sea, against both al-Qaida and the US at the same time.
As rightly said ‘ Mr. Bush, you have taken advantage of the sympathy and love you got after 9/11 and turned it into a fradulent war and needless death, first transforming it into fear and suspicion.’ You, Mr. Bush have made this world a more dangerous place to live in.