Monday, September 11, 2006

9/11 Legacy

On a day when much of the Western world will be thinking back to the human tragedy that was September 11, 2001, there comes an indication of just how much the world has changed since that day. It has emerged today that Denmark's exports to Muslim countries have fallen by 15.5% between February and June 2006, with the loss attributed to the fallout from the Danish cartoons fiasco in January. That might not seems like a huge percentage, but when it's measured in million or even billions of euros, it's critical. Who's responsible for trade? Not a fringe group of extremists, not the clergy, but businessmen and government. The Establishment. I despair. Is this how countries conduct business in the 21st century? When those towers came down, it seems that an era of rationality and progressive thought went with them.


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