Obama to veto 9/11 victims bill

Washington, (IANS) US President Barack Obama is set to veto a bill that would allow survivors and families of victims of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, the White House said on Monday. “That’s still the plan,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said when asked if the President planned to veto the bill. The White House had previously suggested Obama would not sign the bill when it first passed the Senate in May saying it would complicate diplomatic relations, CNN reported. On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the bill by voice vote. Earnest defended the administration’s stance against the bill saying it was not “an effective, forceful way for us to respond to terrorism”. Lawmakers were expected to attempt to override the veto, and if successful, would mark the first time in Obama’s presidency, CNN noted. Earnest said the bill has not yet been presented to Obama who has 10 days to veto the bill before it becomes law automatically. // ]]>


Memorial for 9/11[/caption] The United States has lost moral and physical edge. It may be equally wishful to think that had the US regime taken a step back, dealt with the damage in New York and then decided on a response with a cool head, matters may have been different. Had its decision benefitted from the vast analytic knowledge available to it from its Ivy League universities of similar ‘big shocks’ in history, it may have concentrated on just scaring the Taliban into some form of submission. The US should have restricted its aim to bringing Bin laden and associated to justice and politically destroy Al Qaeda. The Taliban, as even the USA admitted in the end, had no intention or knowledge of attacks planned on the west. Its obsession was to make Afghanistan a medieval Islamic State. There are a few of these in the Middle East who are even partners of US. Taliban was host to Al Qaeda and obliged to it. But a siege and some fire power would have convinced the Taliban to push Al Qaeda out. Instead the US response made their bond even stronger. The attack on Iraq gave a wider Islamic angst against America among some groups a lease of violence that is still continuing. Perhaps the Islamic world would inevitably have come to the stage it is in now irrespective of American response. But a restrained response to 9/11 may at least have kept the candle of liberal hope alight and the freedoms that were taken for granted once, still in place today in USA and other western countries. // ]]>