In a few days’ time it will be the thirteenth anniversary of the twin towers attack in New York and related terrorist events in the USA. Current violence and conflict around the world means that US embassies are on high security alert.
In September 2012 a bloody attack on the US embassy in Libya left American Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others dead. But after that event questions were raised about what became known as Benghazigate.
Any fresh terror attack could from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters but there are many other extremist groups.
Since 911 there have been uprisings, revolutions, barbaric acts of violence and more yet for most of us in the west the events of 911 are forever carved into our hearts and minds.
Here in the UK we watched the events of that day unfold from afar while feeling that it was happening just next door. As the UK and USA remain firm allies it was like an attack both sides of the pond.
Last week various 911 related programmes were aired in the UK. Most have been aired before but for this writer The Falling Man and the 911 Hotel were compelling viewing; the fact that I had watched both programmes before, albeit some time ago, did not lessen the impact of either documentary.
Image: September 11 Photo MontageCC BY-SA 3.0
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