It happened fifteen years ago, and the world has changed since. As a traveler with a passport from a country with majority Muslims, I felt the immediate effects in the first ten years after the 9/11 attacks. The visa procedures to enter certain countries were often more complicated and took longer, as well as the airport security regulations. Additionally, I could not help noticing that an immigration officer/border force officer would check my passport longer compare to my traveling friends whose having more powerful passports (whoever was behind me on the queuing line would be annoyed).
When visiting New York City (USA), I felt compelled to visit the National 9/11 Memorial site. It’s an important memorial, just like the Bali Bombing Memorial (Indonesia), they remind us of the innocence who were not involved but become the victims and trauma survivors. I won’t discuss politics in this blog, but we can not ignore the facts that many people from the civilians to military personnel who were severely injured or lost their lives after the terror wars in the name of radical ideology and the wars against it. Not to mention how it leads to negative prejudice towards certain ethnic, nationalities, and religion. The innocence victims appeared not only in the USA but as well in other countries at various forms of injustice.
In the end, no one wins in a war.