Lessing says Sept. 11 attacks not so bad
AP, Mon Oct 22, 3:26 PM ET
"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.
I have to agree with Ms. Lessing
What makes the US unique from most other world powers of then and now is that no major war was fought on her land. Sure, one may counterargue about the Revolutionary War or the Civil War but they are quaint in scale compared to the terrors brought on by the Huns, Genghis Kahn, the two World Wars, and prolonged ethnic and tribal strife in many an old world lands.
While I intend not to disrespect 9/11 (a number of my friends did perish on that day), it does make me sick to hear those who overinflate the magnitude of the event for their own gains.
In fact, the article posted is misquoting her by emphasizing her comment regarding 9/11 - by extracting the 9/11 quote per se, the quote which is now out of context, takes a life of its own as opposed to serving as an introduction to the core of her argument - her criticism of Tony Blair and of course, our stupid ass President.
A cheapshot sensationalism trick employed by journalist community to catch our ever-diminishing attention span.