By Victor Asije
As the United States government marks the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre on Sunday, it has called for an all-out fight against terrorism.
The U.S. said in a statement that it was imperative to defeat terrorists and all they represent, as well as work tirelessly to promote dialogue, peace and reconciliation.
“This Sunday, Sept. 11, marks the 15th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in the history of the United States.
“On that fateful day, terrorists staged attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The images of that day are forever imprinted on our memories.
“Sadly, tragic events throughout the world have shown the ongoing horrific impact of terrorism in Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, France, Bangladesh, Turkey, and Belgium, among many other countries.
“Many families around the globe have experienced pain and loss as a result of terrorism. It is clear that we all must stand together and work to defeat this scourge,’’ it said.
The statement recalled the events of that day and also revealed the character of ordinary American citizens who demonstrated their courage and willingness to sacrifice for their fellow men and women.
It also noted the unforgetable assistance of the first responders who dashed into buildings on the verge of collapse, to rescue those burnt and injured in the Pentagon.
The statement enjoined Americans and the rest of the world to do all they could to honour victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
“As we recall the events 15 years ago, let us renew our commitment to do all that we can, wherever we may be, to honour the victims of those attacks.