11
Sep
08

The World post 9/11

Its hard to believe seven years have passed since history’s worst terror attack. It was on a September 11 that most of the World woke up to the news that one of America’s symbols of Economic supremacy, the World Trade Center complex was reduced to mere dust by the al-Qaeda. Thousands were either killed or reported missing after the shattering attacks on the Twin towers and the Pentagon.

A lot has changed in the World after the attacks. The so called War on Terror was initiated. The irony is that even after seven years, the mastermind of 9/11, Osama bin Laden is still very much at large, apparently ‘somewhere along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan’. Only God knows where Laden is. Don;t be surprised if you come across intelligence reports that a man with a long beard, a turban and an AK-47 on his back was last seen in your neighborhood, especially if you are a Pakistani. There emerged a new entrant to the never ending list of phobias – Islamophobia. Let alone Muslims, anybody sporting a beard or a turban and looks South Asian is looked upon with bulging eyes by the white man. 9/11 was supposed to be a eye opener to authorities around the world. A wave of new security measures followed. Even medicine became a strict no-no in some airplanes. But despite all the ‘increased’ security levels, the we are still reeled by at least one terror attack a day in some part of the World. According to Wikepdia, since 9/11 there has been over 420 reports of terror related incidents (including arrests, foiled attempts, assasinations etc). This includes various banned, extremist or separatist organizations like al-Qaeda, ETA , PLF, LTTE, FARC among others. The countries that are the most affected are India, the Middle East and other countries which are ‘friendly’ to the US. The most high profile attacks were in Bali (2002), Madrid (2003), Bombay (2003 and 2006), London (2005),  not to mention the ‘usual’ bombings in Iraq, Sri Lanka, Kashmir etc which has become more or less a way of life.

The money which goes into security measures itself is in billions. But what is even more staggering is the various fundings available to banned organizations through ‘rogue’ nations and such is bigger than what is invested in security covers. Big events such as the Olympics in 2004 and 2008 might have been heavily guarded. But it is the common man who travels in public transport to his office or a school kid in his school bus who are more vulnerable.

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