9/11- Four Years On

I know that the anniversary of the attacks has already been covered here, but I can’t help but be astounded that the Belfast rioting takes precedence on the BBC News homepage over the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in America.

The names of the 2749 victims were read out by their brothers and sisters at a ceremony at ‘ground zero’ – the site where the Twin Towers fell. A minute’s silence was observed, and even New York Police helping in New Orleans are holding a ceremony to remember those lost in the attacks.

Elsewhere, Pope Benedict XVI marked the anniversary by pleading for global renunciation of hatred and asking for people to work together for justice and peace. A feeling echoed by community leaders across Northern Ireland this morning.

  • 6cprod

    Green Bencher, what do you think? Is it a reflection on how much the people at the BBC hate America? Probably is.

  • Denny Boy

    “Is it a reflection on how much the people at the BBC hate America?”

    I don’t agree at all. Remember the presidential election? The BBC coverage began with the first caucuses, in February I believe, about 10 months before the election itself. I wondered at the time what interest it was to British viewers and concluded that it was of GREAT interest to the reporters, who got to stay at length in good US hotels and eat good US meals.

    Hate America? Look at the coverage we’ve given (correctly so) to New Orleans.

    Let us pray today for all those American disaster victims, past and present.

  • SeamusG

    Green Bencher, it’s because the riots are news and 9/11 isn’t.
    The causes and consequences of 9/11 have preoccupied news coverage for four years but marking the anniversary is surely not more newsworthy than riots that have taken place within the last 24 hours.

  • lib2016

    6cprod

    Maybe we are getting the chance to see ourselves as others see us? If you think that’s bad however don’t check the BBC talkboards. Even I have to admit that mass population removal to Rangers Football Stadium is over-reaction. 🙂

  • Katie

    Did I miss something? I clicked on the link and found that the removal of Isreali flags from Gaza was the lead story. Thanks are in order to the BBC for covering the 9/11 anniversary at all.

    But honestly, news that is current should take precedence over anniversaries.

    But what do I know, I am just a raving liberal.

  • Green Bencher

    “Did I miss something? I clicked on the link and found that the removal of Isreali flags from Gaza was the lead story. “

    Such is the nature of current affairs, what was current when I looked today at the BBC news website, is alas bumped down the page and replaced by more current current affairs.

  • 6countyprod

    The BBC bias against the US did not start with the advent of George W Bush.

    For 17 years, while living in West Africa, my only contact with the outside world, for extended periods of time, was via shortwave radio. I listened daily to BBC World Service news bulletins and programmes. At the time I had no interest in American politics, but I commented regularly on what I felt were one-sided reports against Israel and the US. Reports were full of interviews and comments from people with an obvious anti-America agenda. Allister Cook’s ‘Letter from America’ was the only decent item.

    Since returning to the UK in 2000, I listen quite often to Radio 5. The anti-Bush and general anti-American rhetoric there is nothing short of nauseating.

    With its huge reach around the world, I reckon the BBC does as much harm to America’s image as Al Jazeera.

  • Comrade Stalin

    I think you’ll find that the BBC is in general reflective of public opinion in this matter. Most people are anti-Bush, including an awful lot of Americans.

  • SeamusG

    Just veering slightly off topic but 6countyprod’s last post reminded me of a quote in once read that made me smile. Some old colonial type Brit, a decent old stick by what I read of him, was talking about listening to BBC World Service whilst out in Africa or wherever and said that he loved the news on there because it was “the truth, read by a gentleman”.

  • Ling

    Would it be awkward of me to point out that the rioting is on the front of the UK edition of the site while Gaza is top of the international edition?

  • francesco

    frankly there’s only one 9/11 i do respect and remember and it took place in 1973 in chili, VIVA ALLENDE!

  • Animus

    I don’t see the harm BBC does to American’s image abroad. I don’t think the anniversary of the Trade Center attacks should be particularly newsworthy – to mark the date as an event seems appropriate, but it isn’t news.

    Francesco – your attitude seems to be as one of those who is so far left they are rightwing, more interested in point scoring than people. You’ve made your point, but rather stupidly (and with poor spelling as well). What is it you don’t ‘respect’ about the WTC?

  • brighid mcbride

    The only reason the Bush administration continues this 9/11 charade is because they are exploiting it to fearmonger Americans and remind Americans of Bush’s one brief shining moment when he looked like a genuine leader. This 9/11 commemoration causes all Americans to fall in line behind Bush’s WOT. It’s nothing but propaganda….The facts about 9/11 are slowly being exposed, and after all, it is public knowledge that Bush took office with a plan to attack Iraq and just used 9/11 as a cover to do it by lying about tenuous connections to 9/11. Those poor people who died in the 9/11 attack were victims of Bush’s incompetence, just like the victims of the recent Hurricane. Bush is mad, and he is a danger to the world. Bush has killed far more Iraqis in his illegal war than died on 9/11–and they refuse to even count those poor souls.

  • francesco

    dear Animus first of all Please allow me to apologize for any inconvenience
    my “poor spelling” may have caused you, apart from that why should i respect american’s victims when from the other side of the pond they can’t care less about the rest of the world? i’d rather remember and respect the thousands of victims caused by “america’s democracy” throughout the last century as simple as that.

  • francesco

    dear Animus first of all Please allow me to apologize for any inconvenience
    my “poor spelling” may have caused you, apart from that why should i respect american’s victims when from the other side of the pond they can’t care less about the rest of the world? i’d rather remember and respect the thousands of victims caused by “america’s democracy” throughout the last century as simple as that.

  • Animus

    Regardless of what you think of political motivations, Francesco, people died and you should respect that. Yes, it is true that most victims of America’s various wars/coups are not as well-remembered. Your petulance is disrespectful to all victims though, regardless of who caused what.

    America’s political leaders do not act in a way that many Americans would choose; politicians are part of an elite group who act in the interests of their own pocketbooks. And do you think you can honestly say that Americans themselves do not care about the rest of the world? I guess you’re just as narrowminded as you claim them to be.

  • francesco

    don’t get me wrong for pure pietas cristiana i fully respect all the victims though i’d rather support the cause of those “forgotten”. To answer yer question well from my experience the vast majority of the americans don’t care about the rest of the world.