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My dad died in Towers, but war is wrong.


A MUSICIAN who lost his father in the Twin Towers attack believes the War on Terror has been a failure.

Rob Halligan's dad Robert was working on the 99th floor of the World Trade Centre's south tower when the planes struck.

Since the atrocity the 41 yearold, from Coventry, has used his music to raise money for good causes.

Today he will perform at a memorial concert in London to mark the 10th anniversary of the horrific attacks.

But he believes that the War on Terror, including the invasion of Afghanistan, has not made the world safer.

"You have to have admiration for the soldiers out there," Rob told the Sunday Mercury.

"What I do find difficult is that if you look back over the last 10 years and you see the cost of the War on Terror.

"Not just the money, but the lives, and the damage and destruction.

How much further down the road are we to sorting this out? "The soldiers out there have done a great job but the politicians who decide these things in the first place should have found a better way.

Retaliate "I really struggle justifying the money we pile into the War on Terror when you see other things that claim so many more lives.

"Things like preventable diseases and poverty which, in some ways, are the root of the developing world's hatred of the West.

"We can retaliate to stuff like 9/11 but at some point people need to sit back and think why has this happened."

Today's event in London is being held at Grosvenor Square, close to the American Embassy.

It has been organised with the help of the British Memorial Garden Trust and the September 11th United Kingdom Families Support Group.

Before it a private service will be held for the families of the 67 Britons who died in the attacks.

After 9/11 Rob left his job as a training manager to pursue a full-time music career and raise money for charity.

Shortly after the tragedy he wrote a song, Streets Of This Town, which is available to download at his website www. for a donation.

Money raised will go to one of three charities Rob has been working with since 9/11. He has also made a documentary, talking to others affected by the attack.

'Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?' will be broadcast on Radio Plus ( at 8pm today.


REMEMBERING: Rob Halligan and inset, his father, Robert, outside the Twin Towers.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
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Date:Sep 11, 2011
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