Families of 9/11 Victims Re-open Old Wounds

Khalid_1478381cSince the news came out about known-terrorist Khalid Shaikh Mohammed being tried in New York City early this morning, families of 9/11 victims have been quick to speak out and share their opinions.

Some are happy that he is facing trial here in New York, just blocks away from the scene where 3,000 people died, some believe he should have been hung right away, a few believe he should be tried by a military tribunal, and still others wish that we didn’t have to keep relieving the painful memories of that day.

Jim Riches, whose firefighter son, Jimmy, died in the attacks, welcomed the decision. He expressed his feelings to the New York Times. “Let them come to New York,” said Mr. Riches, a retired deputy chief with New York Fire Department. “Let them get on trial. Let’s do it the right way, for all the world to see what they’re like. Let’s go. It’s been too long. Let’s get some justice.”

Riches has spent much of his time following the court preceeding. He first went to Washington D.C., where Justice Department officials discussed the case. He then went to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he attended a hearing, where he claims that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed gloated about the attacks.

He further told the New York Times, “My son died. I want to speak for him. I’ll go wherever I have to go. I want to see these guys convicted.”

Margit Arias-Kastell, whose husband Adam worked in Tower 2 of the World Trade Center, had a totally different opinion than Mr. Richards.

“It’s totally unfair,” said Ms. Arias-Kastell, who was among scores of relatives of victims who signed a letter opposing regular criminal trials for the suspected plotters. “Why do we have to constantly relive this? When do we get to be at peace? They should be hung.”

In a statement, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he supported the decision to bring Mr. Mohammed to New York, and said New York police officers and federal agents would be vigilant about security. “It is fitting that 9/11 suspects face justice near the World Trade Center site where so many New Yorkers were murdered,” Mr. Bloomberg said.

Whether we want it or not, however, the trial is coming, and all New Yorkers will wind up reliving the events of that terrible day once again.

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