Meanwhile : Articles written by Simon Jones

So it looks like we are days away from the first war of the 21st century. That’s the title the media are giving the inevitable military action that America and its allies are about to take in Afghanistan.

It doesn’t inspire confidence though does it, I mean calling it the “first” war of the 21st century has more or less resigned us to accepting that there will be other wars. That humanity will continue to feel the need to kill each other in the name of peace… It’s a chilling thought.

Some three weeks have passed since the terrible events in America on September the 11th. The events of that day will go down in history as one of the foulest acts of terrorism ever. America was attacked in the most outrageous and unimaginable way. Thousands of people were killed, many had time to contemplate their final moments of life, and while those people did whatever it is people in that position do, the rest of the world watched it all unfold live of daytime TV.

I was going to write something a few days later. I wanted to catalog how I felt about the terrible events, but I couldn’t. I was not able to formulate anything worth reading. One word would have summed up my feelings. Numb.

America was woken from sleep. The ‘land of the free’, the ‘home of the brave’ was more or less brought to its knees… [Click here to continue reading this article at ‘Meanwhile’]