Fateful day one of many violent tragedies

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 September, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 September, 2002, 12:00am

I was disturbed by the ill-conception shown in Hans Ebert's criticism of ATV World for showing horse racing on the anniversary of the terror attacks on the US ('Bad choice as rest of us remember,' South China Morning Post, September 11).

Despite constant behaviour to the contrary, Americans are not more important than everyone else. September 11 was a tragedy for New York and Washington, it was a tragedy for the US, and most of all it was a tragedy for the families, representing many nationalities, of the victims of that day.

Throughout the rest of the world, however, it should be viewed as one of many violent tragedies - albeit a very spectacular one - that have taken many, many more lives than were lost on that fateful day.

To the best of my knowledge, September 11 was never billed as a remembrance day for victims of terrorism and violence globally. If it had been - inclusive of victims of state-sponsored terrorism, much of which, ironically, is initiated, sanctioned or funded by the US - then I believe Mr Ebert would have had a point.

Alternatively, if we were to call for a remembrance day for the victims of every terrorist atrocity, and marked them in a manner pleasing to Mr Ebert, there would never be horse racing on television again.

The sooner citizens of the first world stop seeing themselves as special and more deserving of the world's resources (and sympathy) than everyone else, the sooner the resentment that led to last year's attacks will dissipate.


Sai Kung