No fear of 11 September, business
as usual at Air Malta/MIA
Superstition is not making its mark on Malta at least
as far as tomorrow, 11 September, is concerned. Both Air Malta and the
Malta International Airport yesterday told The Malta Financial and Business
Times it will be "business as usual" tomorrow.
A spokesperson for the airport said there were no changes to the number
or time of flights.
An Air Malta spokesperson, meanwhile, revealed that the number of passengers
flying on Thursday is expected to be no lower than what has been normal
these days. Nobody needs reminding that two years ago 11 September was
the scene of bloody carnage when two commercial airliners flew into
the twin towers of the World Trade Centre, in New York.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed and the attack was blamed on Saudi-born
Osama bin Laden. The attack has led to US led military action in Afghanistan
and Iraq, where thousands have perished.
In the last weekend leading up to the commemoration of the now tragic
date, US President George W. Bush said he will be seeking USD87 billion
to fight terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan and to "engage the enemy
where he lives." This comes despite the fact that the US economy
is to suffer one of its largest deficits in history at the close of
the current fiscal year.
Bush appealed for troops and money for security and reconstruction
from other countries, even those who opposed the US-led war. His hawkish
foreign policy and clumsy handling of the economy have seen his approval
ratings falling steadily.
Bush faces an increasingly strong democratic party in the lead up to
November 2004s presidential elections.