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Marking the Ninth Anniversary of 9/11

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Marking the Ninth Anniversary of 9/11

Tomorrow marks the ninth anniversary of 9/11, a defining date of the 21st century. On September 11, 2001, some three thousand people lost their lives in planned terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and elsewhere in the United States. On this anniversary it is fitting that that people all around the world remember all those who lost their lives both during and immediately after these criminal acts, as well as the families of those who lost loved ones.

Horrendous as these attacks were they merely paved the way for even more horrendous acts of state terrorism. Anglo-American imperialism, headed by Bush and Blair, used 9/11, as well as 7/7 in Britain, as the justification for its "war on terror". In the last nine years crimes of even greater magnitude have been perpetrated, particularly the invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Approximately 7,000 invading troops have lost their lives in these wars of aggression but it is indeed telling that no official figures exist for civilian deaths, although it is estimated that tens of thousands of men, women and children have lost their lives and whole regions have been laid to waste. It is no accident that on the eve of this anniversary, the war criminal Blair has emerged to once again justify the crimes of Anglo-American imperialism and to brazenly declare that there are no regrets, as well as to promote the possibility of aggression against Iran.

Today, just as in the past the chieftains of Anglo-American imperialism continue to use the events of 9/11, as well as 7/7, to justify the wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan on the basis that such crimes have been and continue to be committed in order to "keep the streets of Britain safe". On this basis, they attempt to present themselves as the greatest defenders of peace and the rule of law while planning new criminal aggression against Iran, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Cuba and other countries. Indeed, in the aftermath of 9/11 Anglo-American imperialism announced that by would continue its warmongering, continue to flout international law and attack the rights of the people and that by so doing it was upholding what it referred to as "universal values".

The events of 9/11, as well as other attacks in Britain and elsewhere, were presented in such a way as to create a climate of fear and passivity and to whip up Islamophobia, in order that people should lose their bearings and turn against each other, rather than addressing the source of the major problems in the world. But in the last nine years the peoples of the world have not been passive in the face of the lies and terror of the big powers and the chieftains of Anglo-American imperialism in particular. It is even impossible for the war criminal Blair to appear on the streets of Britain to promote his memoirs, so great is the hatred and anger of the people of Britain. The vast majority of people in Britain, as in other countries, have opposed the invasion of Iraq, the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and the warmongering threats against and interference in other countries. The people of Britain have demonstrated that they are totally opposed to state terrorism, acts of repression, and the denial of rights, whether at home or abroad.

On the ninth anniversary of the terrorist acts of September 2001, it is timely to remember all those who have lost their lives as a result of such crimes, especially those who are the victims of the war crimes and state terrorism of Anglo-American imperialism, its allies and rivals. At the same time it is necessary to salute all those both in Britain and worldwide who are struggling to stay the hands of the warmongers, those fighting against aggression and for national sovereignty, and to combat all disinformation which seeks to justify aggression and divert the people’s struggles against war and state terrorism. In Britain, it is necessary to redouble our efforts to struggle for an anti-war government. Only such a government, a government of the working class and people, can have the power to guarantee an end to war and aggression and build a new society in which it is the people’s anti-war agenda which prevails.

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