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9/11 Sparks Vigorous Debates in London and Beyond

By dlindorff - Posted on 12 September 2011


By Linn Washington, Jr.


London - Simon Woolley, the Executive Director of the London based Operation Black Vote, was one of the first British citizens to fly into the U.S. following the 9/11 attacks when he participated in a tour of America sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

Woolley was originally scheduled to fly into the U.S. on September 12, 2001 but the cancellation of all commercial air flights in and into the U.S. in the wake of the attacks postponed his trip for a couple of days.

When Woolley arrived stateside he was amazed at what he encountered.

“There was a truly historical, magical movement of unity during the days after 9/11,” Woolley said.

Unknown to most Americans, nearly 70 British citizens died when the twin World Trade Towers in New York City collapsed during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the highest death total of any single country behind Americans.

“I stood in a line for an hour in the rain outside of the U.S. embassy ten years ago to sign the book of condolence. People forget how much empathy there was for the USA post 9/11,” London resident Paul Bower said.

“The biggest wreath was from the Communist Party of Kurdistan.”

Many Muslims came to the U.S. embassy to pay their respects.

“We condemned that incident immediately. There is no terrorism in Islam,” Altafar Rahman said during an interview four days before the tenth anniversary of 9/11 inside a Muslim mosque on London’s Brick Lane, an iconic narrow cobble-stoned street noted for its curry restaurants and youthful counter-culture haunts.

The 9/11 terrorist attack on targets in New York City and Washington, DC plus a plane that crashed in Pennsylvania provoked a punitive military response from the U.S. government that decimated the freedom of life for millions from Iraq to Afghanistan.

Additionally the wars America unleashed in the wake of 9/11 drove the U.S. federal government deep into trillion-dollar debt that exacerbated multiple miseries for Americans.

Then President George Bush rallied Americans with the unusual call for citizens to descend on shopping malls to spend money.

Bush’s press secretary warned journalists not to question the administration’s account of the attacks which later proved to be misleading at best.

The unity that British resident Simon Woolley witnessed quickly dissipated...

For the rest of this article by LINN WASHINGTON, JR., in ThisCantBeHappening!, the new independent online alternative newspaper now beginning its second year of daily publication, please go to:

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