|Journal Title||Arena Magazine|
|Number of Pages||4|
|Place of Publication||Melbourne, Australia|
1 September 2001 is a day said to have changed the world. I know that it changed me. I could no longer criticise the politicians and rant against the world within the confines of my own home to a non-responsive television screen. I needed the space of contention to be enlarged, I needed human interaction and I felt compelled to speak out. It seems 9/11 was a catalyst for millions of people around the world who, when it came to the Iraq invasion, joined in what have been the largest anti-war demonstrations the world has ever seen. It is estimated that around 12 million people participated in a very public movement against war, continuing with demonstrations on the anniversary of the invasion. The consequences that they tried to prevent were not prevented, and twelve years on we find struggling states in both Afghanistan and Iraq and an estimate of the citizens killed or displaced in the hundreds of thousands. Whatever the numbers, we can be certain that no one has been untouched, no one, globally, can say it has not affected them.
|Keywords||politics; activism; apathy; values; conflict management|
|ANZSRC Field of Research 2020||500321. Social and political philosophy|
|489999. Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified|
|440811. Political theory and political philosophy|
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|Byline Affiliations||School of Law and Justice|
|Institution of Origin||University of Southern Queensland|
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