This commentary was published in The Gulf News on 23/05/2011
When the September 11 attacks occurred, many people thanked God that this heinous crime took place that year. The reason for this, simply put, was that Al Qaida's terrorist plans had been exposed, and future plans to harm innocent people were quickly uncovered and thwarted. The efforts that had been channelled into undermining Al Qaida culminated in Osama Bin Laden's killing by US Special Forces. Those people who thanked God would reason that had the attack been delayed by a few years, Al Qaida most probably would have utilised the time to regroup, gain momentum and support and, most dangerously still, could have acquired access to and knowledge of chemical and nuclear weapons.