The people and government of the United States of America marked 10th anniversary of the 9/11 with alerts and threats of terrorist attacks in New York and other American cities. Security was on high-alert. Today after ten years, it shows how vulnerable the world is. Despite two wars followed by the events of 9/11, there are several facts that have not changed which the US government and the world wanted to see.
The worst terrorist attacks and tragic loss of innocent human lives in recent history has changed the world in many different ways. But there are very fundamental aspects about all this. For the US particularly and the Western World in general, terrorism is a phenomenon that needs a longer commitment than a decade.
It cannot be won merely by wars. Threats of terrorist attacks on the day of 10th anniversary of 9/11 in the US show that the war on terror needs long struggle, not just a military campaign. Today there are different views in the Muslim World, but above all, conspiracy theories rule.
Yet a society from where the hijackers of 9/11 originated have not accepted the tragic events as a reality, rather different conspiracy theories are common perspective of the masses.
For instance, the Taliban in Afghanistan who had harbored the ideologues of Al-Qaeda and masterminds of 9/11 attacks, have yet not accepted the facts that the two-dozen hijackers were mostly Arabs from the Holy Kingdom.
In a statement yesterday, the Taliban demanded an impartial investigations to the "ambiguous and murky events" of 9/11, which according to Taliban, was a pretext for the US "invasion" of Afghanistan.
They vowed to continue fighting, connecting ridiculous and shameful "stamina of war" to Afghans. The militancy by Taliban is not stamina for war, indeed not for Afghans, but terrorism.
The mentality of the Taliban has not changed yet after 10 years of the tragic attacks, which caused the collapse of their brutal rule in Afghanistan. Defeating militarily might take some years of fierce campaign, but changing the minds is the real war on terror, particularly in the Muslim world.
Afghan Ambassador to the US Eklil Hakimi puts it very rightly that before devastating attacks of 9/11 on the US, the people of Afghanistan had suffered worse, experiencing the horrors and brutal oppressive Taliban regime. He added that this unites the terrorism-affected people of Afghanistan and the United States in the fight against terror.