Oct 23, 2007

9/11: What's the big deal?

The acute perception of Doris Lessing, another Nobel laureate.
"September 11 was terrible, but if one goes back over the history of the IRA, what happened to the Americans wasn't that terrible," the Nobel Literature Prize winner told the leading Spanish daily El Pais.

"Some Americans will think I'm crazy. Many people died, two prominent buildings fell, but it was neither as terrible nor as extraordinary as they think. They're a very naive people, or they pretend to be," she said in an interview published Sunday.

"Do you know what people forget? That the IRA attacked with bombs against our government; it killed several people while a Conservative congress was being held and in which the prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, was (attending). People forget," she said.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the Sept. 11 attacks. About 3,700 died and tens of thousands of people were maimed in more than 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland. The Irish Republican Army guerrilla group, which caused most of the deaths, disarmed in 2005.

Are we playing tit for tat here, Doris? Cuz, I'll back my 3,000 dead in a couple of hours over your 3,000 dead over 30 years.

And we lost more men in World War II.

And Pearl Harbor was worse than the Battle of Britain. We weren't even at war with Japan when we were attacked.

Via Michael Wentz.

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