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Paul Simon pays tribute to 9/11 victims

As far as tributes to those who died in the terrorist attacks of 11th September 2001 go, this one is going to take some topping: Paul Simon performed his classic ballad 'The Sound Of Silence' at Ground Zero in New York, a song he wrote way back in 1963 following the assassination of John F Kennedy.

As we all know, 3,000 people lost their lives when the twin towers collapsed and a plane flew into the Pentagon, and ten years on the tributes poured in from all four corners of the globe. While it's easy to become a bit irritated by the blanket coverage of the anniversary, as though it was the only terrorist attack to see thousands dead, Simon's song perfectly captured the moment, and drags the commemorations away from the wingnuts and zealots who used and use the attacks as a pretext to wage unwinnable wars and support Israel's continuing abuse of the Palestinian people.

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