US bill to appease 9/11 victims

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Zeeshan Nasir

It was the morning of September 11, 2001, when 19 hijackers made their grips strong to control four of the commercial passenger jets flying out of airports of the eastern coast of the United States of America – two of the planes were deliberately flown and crashed into the Twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York which were widely considered to be symbols of America’s power and influence, the third assault was made on the Pentagon, the headquarters of the US Department of Defence in Virginia, while the fourth plane didn’t reach its intended destination by crashing in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the total loss of lives on 9/11 was nearly 3,000, including 19 hijackers. The attack was deemed to be the worst loss of life due to a terrorist incident on US soil, because the people worldwide saw a significant effect on world economic markets and international confidence. However, recently, on Friday, 9th September, the US Senate passed a very controversial bill which would permit the families of victims of 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for the damages. But the Saudis, who deny the attack of 2001, vigorously deny their role in the incident and also object to the passage of the said bill and say that the legislation runs against the principles of international law and sets a destructive precedent for foreign relations. While the White House has also indicated the US President, Barack Obama would veto the law over concerns that it might give way to a number of such lawsuits against US for its drone assaults and other pre-emptive strikes, from other countries as well. In fact, we are happy that the US government has taken this step to provide justice to the families of the victims of 9/11. There are always political and diplomatic considerations that are witnessed to come on the direct way of justice, while if a court proves that Saudis are perpetrators for 9/11 then they should be held accountable, if not then they shouldn’t be worried about anything. Similarly it would be a welcome initiative to discourage the state sponsored terrorism by different supercilious states against others, and US itself might be declared as the biggest perpetrator of such offences against humanity. I hope the families that suffered, and have still been suffering, at the hands of different perpetrators, need to be consoled and compensated, whosoever the perpetrator or the victims may be, and will be given justice through this legislation.
— Turbat