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Sunday, October 19, 2008

The real truth about 9/11

Following my recent post on obsession with, and exploitation of, the September 11th attacks by right-wing politicians (in both the USA and the UK) looking for an excuse to restrict freedom, it was very heartening to read in today's Guardian that Stella Rimington (former head of MI5 and thus someone who might be expected to know a bit about terrorism and counter-terrorism) shares my views. According to her so do most of the intelligence community as well.

Let's read what she has to say, because it can't be said too often:

The response to 9/11 was "a huge overreaction", she says. "You know, it was another terrorist incident. It was huge, and horrible, and seemed worse because we all watched it unfold on television. So yes, 9/11 was bigger, but not ... not ..." Not qualitatively different? "No. That's not how it struck me. I suppose I'd lived with terrorist events for a good part of my working life, and this was, as far as I was concerned, another one."

Read the whole article, which is full of common sense, albeit common sense informed by a career spent stopping spies and terrorists.


At 23 October, 2008 11:36, Blogger Chip Michael said...

I don't understand how the American's can be so insensed about an "attack" on US soil and consider it the worst event in history and yet, attack 2 other sovereign nations, killing far greater numbers of people - in a brutal determined, government sanctioned event.

One was carried out by a few lunatic fanatics. The other was carried out by a few lunatic fanatics with an army at their disposal. Both have resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians. So, what's the difference????


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