The devastation of the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks remains burned within the memory of everyone who was alive that day. Thousands of families mourned the loss of loved ones and America mourned with them.
However, according to a new administrator at the prestigious Oxford University, Americans “overreacted” to the attacks.
Professor Louise Richardson, the newly appointed first female vice-chancellor of Oxford University, claimed that Americans overreacted to the attacks because we were not used to terrorism hitting home.
The Irish-born terrorism expert blasted the U.S. response, saying,
“The whole genius of terrorism is to have a greater psychological impact.
“The reason random attacks have so much more impact is that if no-body is chosen, no-body is safe and the fear is much more widespread. I think central to any counter-terrorism campaign should be a resilient population.
“And I have to say the British population in the course of the Troubles and violence in Northern Ireland proved really quite resilient I think – far more so than the US and the scale of the reaction and overreaction in the US to the 9/11 atrocity.
“This was a reflection of the fact that this was a such a new experience for the US.”
The September 11th terrorist attacks were horrendous for many reasons. Not only did we witness a devastating loss of thousands of lives, but we witnessed the instantaneous changing of the world. Our modern world can be classified as “Pre-9/11” and “post-9/11” because that sunny morning was when terrorism really hit home for many Americans.
Security became much more cumbersome; suspicion became policy. The federal government became more powerful and routine abuses of our Fourth Amendment rights became standard practices.
Still, the wound of 9/11 has scarred-over and we are already forgetting the lessons. Our Commander-in-Chief refuses to take the fight to the enemy and appears infinitely more-concerned with hurting the feelings of the Islamic world than fighting terror and we are primed for yet another sucker-punch.
Overreacting? Lady, we haven’t reacted enough…