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9/11. Six years on....

None of us can fail to remember 9/11. We have all been touched by it to a greater or lesser extent. Here is part of the editorial from Britain's Daily Mail, without doubt the most right-wing tabloid that we have here:


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Six years on, is the world any safer?

On September 11, 2001, as 3,000 lay dead in the ruins of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, President Bush resolved to make the world a safer place.

So how's he doing? Isn't the truth that, everywhere you look, his interventions have succeeded only in making it more dangerous?
Consider Afghanistan, the first target of Mr Bush's 'war on terror'. Six years after the supposed toppling of the Taliban, the casualties mount and the end looks further away than ever.
Indeed, the head of the British Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, warns we must prepare for a 'generation of conflict'.
But at least there were understandable reasons for going to war against a regime that gave sanctuary to Al Qaeda.
There was no such excuse for the invasion of Iraq. Could there be any starker warning against the danger of launching an unjustified war - with no planning for the aftermath - than the bloody basket-case Iraq has become?
Then look at Iran - a more potent threat to world peace than Saddam Hussein ever was. Nothing has done more than Mr Bush's blundering to bolster Tehran's confidence and its determination to develop nuclear weapons.
Elsewhere in the Middle East, the war has left Britain and America utterly compromised as a force for peace.
As for Pakistan, our supposed ally, the situation grows ever more volatile. Only yesterday, President Pervez Musharraf was branded a 'dictator' after deporting ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in defiance of Pakistan's Supreme Court.
Meanwhile in Britain, Islamic fanatics continue to preach hatred, while civil liberties for the law-abiding majority are systematically curtailed. Isn't it becoming increasingly clear that by his heavy-handed reaction, Mr Bush turned an outrage by 19 suicidal hijackers into a calamity for the democratic world?
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The return of DKlein, it appears...
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I do not understand the confidence in saying coulda, woulda, shoulda.
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^ Hopefully, it's less about disparaging everyone involved, and more about recognizing 10 years worth of signs that could have led to a much healthier detour had we been reading them.
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I'm still scratching my head at how Bush got re-elected.
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Just last month a plane in San Diego was kept from flying because it had five men who spoke "Arabic" on it and a woman from Georgia thought it was scary. Turned out they were instructors for the Marines at Camp Pendleton.

The very hollow sounding "better safe than sorry" keeps coming up. Only 2oz of shampoo, no finger nail clippers on flights...better safe than sorry. Swiss Army Knife in your car console, that's a felony. Better safe than sorry. Unwarranted wiretaps...better safe than sorry. Ignore the Constitution...Better Safe than Sorry.

I mourn the loss of Common Sense that died September 11, 2001. It was our most significant loss.

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How come bin laden is still out there?

six years later?
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