9/11, ten years on. We began with Bin Laden. We end with Tariq Jahan.
By Paul Goodman
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Others will write superlative essays at Don Quixote length on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. I'm ill equipped for the first task and ill disposed to the second. Instead I will make a single point as briefly as I can.
9/11 was followed in Britain by a focus on a single Muslim - the turban-wrapped, fatigue-clad, fluent and solitary figure of Osama Bin Laden, threatening terror and death in carefully-crafted videos.
Its tenth anniversary was preceded by a focus on another - the unturbanned, casually dressed, hesitant figure of Tariq Jahan, speaking the language of grief and reconciliation in an unscripted interview.
It's too early to know the long-term effects of 9/11 and too soon to grasp all the short-term ones - though I may return to the latter during the next few days.
But it's the understatement of this terror and war-torn decade to say that the change from Bin Laden to Tariq Jahan is a change for the better.