Published on : Saturday, August 19, 2017
Terrorism, no doubt is posing a big question and threat on tourism worldwide. Just months after Sept. 11, 2001, when nearly 3,000 people died in attacks on the World Trade Center, one of the first reactions of New Yorkers and visitors to the city was to flock to the site. The event defied comprehension; proximity, perhaps, offered a path to understanding.
The site later evolved into a popular tourist destination, with a museum and a park. There one would see visitors busy taking selfies. One would also see a silent military veteran with his head lowered, or office workers eating lunch, apparently oblivious to the mass grave around them. The dissonance was built into the site, which invited people to mourn the dead and sold them T-shirts to commemorate the loss.
The line between tacky behavior and somber reflection is fading fast. People fail to understand the pathos entrenched deep within the park that had been built on tragedy.