Sunday, 11 September 2011

The best way we can honour the dead of 9 /11

Ten years after 9/11 I am sure that thee best way to honour the dead of 9/11 and the dead of the War on Terror is to make sure that they did not die in vain.  And  we do that by not allowing terrorists, or the threat of terrorism, to change our lives by scaring us into abandoning the civil liberties, free speech and democracy which make us better than the terrorists in the first place.

In that context, I find that this song, made by a man who was detained for travelling to Afghanistan to star in a film about a terror suspect sent to Guantanamo Bay, is a powerful reminder of how much damage we allowed fear to cause to our society.

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