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9/11: time to move beyond grief?

Leonardo Rocha | 10:28 UK time, Tuesday, 11 September 2007

It will be a familiar scene in New York today.

It's September 11th and a ceremony will mark the sixth anniversary of the attacks at the World Trade Center.

For the first time, the commemoration won't take place at what became known as Ground Zero, now a building site.

The New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, thinks it's time to move the city beyond grief. But is there a time to stop commemorating?

There's also the politics, with the current mayor and his predecessor -- Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani -- having a public disagreement over the 9/11 legacy.

Both, of course, have an eye on the White House.

All that has attracted big controversy in the US.

Nearly 3,000 innocent people died in the attacks and the families are not happy that they won't have access to Ground Zero.

James, here in the WHYS, has been working on the idea for about a week. Have we reached 9/11 fatigue?

He wrote a blog post last week and we're getting a good response. Click here and have a look at the comments.

John Oldfield, for example, posted this comment on the blog: "I intend to spend September 11 of this year doing less mourning and more working to prevent future such attacks."

What are your thoughts? When should we stop commemorating, mourning, and look forward?

Will such time ever come for those who lost their relatives and friends in such a tragic way?

The San Francisco Chronicle also raises the same question on an article today.

Flight 93, the one which crashed in Pennsylvania was bound to San Francisco.

Relatives of people who died on the flight say they would like to move on.

It is only human to try to put really ugly things behind us. I live with it every day. Emotionally, I'm one of those people who want relief from the rawness of that day. I wish we could all forget it.

Alice Hoagland, whose son, Mark Bingham, died aboard United Flight 93

Talking of moving on, should we go back to the Petraeus report?

The commander of the US forces in Iraq, David Petraeus, is still at the Congress today.

We covered the story extensively on Monday, with a three-hour special. Some of our listeners thought it was a bit too much.

But we had a very good set up, getting the reaction from Iraqis abroad and in the country. As well as from Americans.

So, should we go back to the story today, see what the reaction has been in Iraq and in the US?

With all the Petraeus activity yesterday, we had no time for Nawaz Sharif's appearance and expulsion from Pakistan.

The former prime minister arrived in Pakistan in the early hours of Monday, only to be arrested and deported to Saudi Arabia.

Was the Pakistani leader, general Parvez Musharaf, right to deport Nawaz Sharif? If you're in Pakistan or if you're a Pakistani abroad, what do you think?

That's how the Pakistani press has been reporting the whole thing.

And some good news out of Africa.

Uganda is closing the first camp built for people who escaped the violence of the Lord's Resistance Army.

There more than 200 such camps. But they've been mostly empty, since the LRA entered peace talks with the government a year ago.

Are you in Uganda, have you been to North Uganda? Have you worked with Ugandan refugees?

How significant is the closure of the first refugee camp? What does it mean to you?


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