9/11 lessons learned? Maybe not.

“And you thought you knew everything about 9/11”

Jack Rodolico By Jack Rodolico

One World Trade Center is seen rising about the south reflecting pool of the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. (Reuters/Andrew Burton)

On this 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the American and foreign press is abuzz with remembrances and haunting photos from that terrible day. Latitude News gathered its top three foreign picks for stories that give a different perspective from what you’ll see in the American press.

  • Pakistan’s Dawn assembled this eye-popping slideshow titled “And You Thought You Knew Everything About 9/11.”  In dizzying detail which is remarkably well organized, the infographic flips through charts and images that tell the complex global story of the U.S.’ role in the world post-9/11. Starting with data about hijackers and innocents killed on 9/11, the slideshow ticks through “Guantanamo by the numbers,” the effects of 9/11 on travel, the American public’s perception of Muslims and the sordid details of America’s 334 drone strikes on Pakistan. It details the roles of the President, FBI, CIA and Congress in establishing and enforcing anti-terrorism policies, and the slideshow ends with a rough comparison of Obama and Romney based on recent polling numbers. This graphic is a modern history lesson told through a sharp focus on life since 9/11.


  • The U.S. Ambassador to Israel used the 9/11 anniversary to highlight a shared vision between Israel and the U.S.: the common hope to deprive Iran of a nuclear weapon. Speaking to a crowd before Israel’s memorial to the victims of the 9/11 attacks, Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro spoke of the two nation’s “shared struggle against terrorism,” reports Israel’s Haaretz. Shapiro’s comments come on the heals of more sabre rattling by U.S. and Israeli officials: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. will not set a deadline for further action on Iran’s nuclear program, while Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu called on the world to create “red lines.” Shapiro reiterated a common theme about the “unshakable” relationship between the U.S. and Israel: “It appears to me that there is no more appropriate place to remember those we lost on September 11 than Israel. For in all the world there is no nation that better understands our pain, and there is no nation that better identifies with our experience than Israel.” The parents of some Israeli victims of the 9/11 attacks were in the crowd.


  • Russia Beyond the Headlines delivers a scathing review of the U.S.’ attempts to disassemble terrorist networks over the last 11 years. The state-owned media outlet starts with a simple premise: “The rest of the world…considered 9/11 as a criminal act…. [Americans] didn’t want to just prosecute the criminals. They wanted to fight back; they wanted to go to war with this new mortal enemy.” The article says the war in Iraq poisoned Washington-Moscow relations and “destroyed the fragile national unity that had been formed in the wake” of 9/11. But the piece drifts into the weeds a bit when it criticizes the “same folks” in Washington who foresaw peace in Iraq for calling for military intervention in Syria — it’s unclear which “folks,” precisely, the paper is accusing. Still, the Russian article is a thorough recrimination of U.S. policy: “What happened on Sept. 11, 2001 still matters today — to the U.S. and to other countries as well. Are we smart enough to learn all important lessons from just one 9/11?” This story suggests we are not.