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What happened on 911 is only half the story

Alison Kitson tells us "it is crucial that students grasp what happened (on 911) if they are to understand modern society" (Letters, 8 July).

While I have no argument with teaching children about 911, I am concerned that the 9 11 London Project seems to advocate teaching about 911 in isolation from other world events which led to, and stemmed from, that day.

The project's brochure makes no mention of civilian deaths in the Iraq war (estimated by The Lancet at over 600,000) or Afghanistan (the total is unclear but certainly many tens of thousands). To teach one event in isolation from a wider world view is not education, it is propaganda.

A different approach is offered by Peaceful Tomorrows, a group set up by the family members of some of those who died on 911. It works to educate about not only the attacks, but also the subsequent wars that have led to the deaths of far more civilians than were killed on that day.

Andrea Needham, Hastings, East Sussex.

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