3,047 voices that will never be silenced

THEIR voices must never be silenced - and the world must remember, always.Three thousand and forty seven victims of the terrorism of September 11, 2001, are mourned by millions today - one year on from the day that shook the world.

THEIR voices must never be silenced - and the world must remember, always.

Three thousand and forty seven victims of the terrorism of September 11, 2001, are mourned by millions today - one year on from the day that shook the world.

But in commemoration, there is realisation.

A stark reality that lurks behind all the dignified ceremonies that are taking place in many countries on this fateful day.

Because for some, in places a world away from New York, September 11, will be celebrated today as a day of joyous triumph.

There will be toasts to martyrs who took on the world's top guns - and, in all their eyes, won. Celebrations for a job well done.

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And that's why the cries of September 11 must roar out above the noise of terror bombs, or fighter jets, or the drumbeat of war to come.

Those who died so terribly will never be forgotten - and we must stand shoulder to shoulder with the families now and for evermore. But soon the world must look beyond the horror.

Finding cures for the world's conflicts and ills is an ever-daunting task. But always there has to be a search for answers.

For repetitions of the carnage that blitzed Manhattan, Washington and a field in Pennsylvania, would push the world towards an abyss too dreadful to contemplate.

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