September11 terror and the ghost of things to come....
Special to USAfrica The Newspaper, Houston
Shred of all polite, fine talk, the events of September 11, 2001, isan unprecedented, bold, audacious and violent incursion straight intothe heart of the U.S. financial capital, indeed, the world's businessat that 110-storey trade center in New York, and shortly afterat the nerve center of the U.S. defense network (the Pentagon)in Washington DC.
Five additional facts and issues stand out:
First,the handling of the post-terror hits show, admirably, the resolve andresilience of the American people, especially their keen sense forpatriotism and resources of its multi-ethnic mosaic. The September11, 2001, even for all of its macabre and jarring deathliness, showedmany American as reflecting true and uncelebrated profiles in andpersonifications of courage. From the value of tv, radio, newspaperand internet information, I saw men and women rise to thein-your-face challenge of murderous messengers and harbingers ofdeath. It saw men and women give their lives in battle to save thoseof others.
Second, the canvas, theater and tactics ofconflicts and terrorism in the 21st century, and beyond, have allmarkedly altered the script and primers of "terrorism experts"-placing at danger most human beings who are unwilling fodders for theterrorists.
Third, national security along geographicprotections seem to be morphing into an ancient tales aboutnation-states. How secure are national borders? How secure can anydemocratic state and modern republic really be?
Fourth, the secretive, undetected (or shall Isay, unstopped) conversion of American commercial aircrafts as mobileweapons and mega-size bullets of war against America by enemies ofAmerica, loaded with aviation fuel and whatever else fits themaniacal rush and hatreds propelling the terror merchants who claimto be "freedom fighters" for their own clans and groups is anentirely stupefying and mind-boggling turn. Imagine being in thebelly of those jets as they were hurtling like speed bullets, ragingfor its head-on hit at the steely, shiny edifice of the World Tradecenter, or even the fortifications of the Pentagon. Many would havedied before the final impact....
Fifth, comes the question: Are those wantonterror and wholesale visitation of murder and mayhem the ghost ofthings to come into the U.S. in the so-called new world order? It is,equally, important to note that these terroristic killerssimply kill, indiscriminately. USAfricaonline.com andNigeriaCentral.comreport that a handful of Nigerians andAfricans do business and work at the World Trade Center. In fact,some African-Americans were killed at the terrorists' targets andhijacked planes. Such continental Africans and African-Americanswould have been smothered along the path of violence unleashed onSeptember 11. Therefore, this, necessarily, compel our communities toassess and determine our stand against terrorism.
On balance, do such terroristic, bestialbrigandage against the twin towers and human beings at the WorldTrade Center, the slaughter of innocent passengers in those hijackedand crashed airplanes reflect the ghastly prologue to the wars andfights of the future? Or, shall I say, the wars and fights of ourtimes, these crazy times?
Are those the lethal signatures of a world goneawry, the continuing cannibalization of our so-calledcivilization? AFRICAN LEADERS CONDEMN ATTACKS ON WTC TOWERS, PENTAGON BY TERRORISTS. DEMOCRACY MATTERS
The answers, my friends, are blowing in the wind....
ChidoNwangwu, adviserto the Mayor of Houston on Africa business, serves as Founder &Publisher of the Houston-based USAfricaonline.com,USAfricaThe Newspaper, The Black Business Journal, BBJonline.com,and NigeriaCentral.com.He is the recipient of the Journalism Excellence Award,1997.
In the aftermath of the terror hits which took down World Trade Center in New York, destroyed parts of the Pentagon in Washington DC., and left thousands decimated and charred, African leaders have been expressing their condemnation of the attacks. Among them, Kenya's President Daniel arap Moi condemned it as "this heinous and evil apparently co-ordinated act of terrorism." In 1998, the bombing of the U.S embassy in his country's capital, Nairobi, left more than 200 dead. On his part, Tanzania Foreign Minister Jakaya Kikwete said "we feel and understand what the Americans must be experiencing."
Islamic Youth Organization in Zamfara in northern Nigeria has a different view as their leader told BBC's Ibrahim Dosara the attacks offer U.S some payback for its actions in the Middle East.
The World Igbo Congress (WIC), based in the U.S., has informed USAfricaonline.com that the it considers the attacks on the U.S. as "sadistic and devious." Its newly-elected chairman, Dr. Kalu Kalu Diogu, said during the USAfricaonline.com exclusive interview, "there is no justification for such wanton decimation of innocent lives. It is simply wrong and unacceptable."
USAfricaonline.com and NigeriaCentral.com can also confirm that a handful of Nigerians and Africans do business and work at the World Trade Center. But no deaths and major injuries involving any continental African have been announced. Send such information to newsroom@USAfricaonline.com
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