Clipper, you really have no clue have you?
All the 'kill 'em first' posturing does not wash, does not hide an irrational fear.
It is rational worry more if you were in NY or DC on 11 Sept 01.
Everyone else? Get on with life.
Welcome to the 21st century?
How about 'welcome to the world?'
My parents as kids, grandparents as adults, had to put up with bombing, often a Sept 11th death toll weekly, relatives literally bombed out of their homes.
Later, those funny but lethal V-1's, then the much more dangerous if inaccurate, V-2's, the ones no one heard coming.
Never went on about it though, you'd have to ask a specfic question to get anything out of them on the period.
Facing an enemy that could potentially destroy their society, at least in the early years.
If you really think Bin Laden and co are anything remotely a similar threat, go get therapy.
So it would be a bit off for me, growing up in a peaceful nation, go all Clipperhawaii about a few IRA bombs (funded by some ignorant c**ts in the US), as it was of course a total nothing to what a previous generation had to contend with.
Though Bin Laden and co are a more substantial terror threat-on the level of the Nazis? Joe Stalin and the Cold War?
Of course not.
THEY think they are, they also thought they alone drove the USSR
from Afghanistan (in the same way many in US have this notion Reagan 'won' the Cold War).
While a factor in the USSR
failure in Afghanistan, they were not a deciding one, a new leader who wanted out of such things and a lot more besides, was.
Bin Laden also thought his band of 'Arab Afghan' brothers could have stopped a full scale Iraqi advance into Saudi in 1990.
The Saudi rejection of this idea, coupled with the invitation of US and other troops, was the start of Bin Laden's path to terror.
So Bin Laden and co, have this inflated sense of their own ability to threaten Western society, but so too do some in the US it seems, so do many in US politics for short term advantage.
's work for him, being too dense to see this.
So Clipper, why not purge yourself of your fears.
By maybe explaining to us how OBL
and similar could actually, physically destroy your society. Invasion? Mass carpet bombing raids from some as yet undiscovered air force?
Me-I just get on with life.
Fully aware of the terrorist threat, like many in London though more a sense of 'here we go again', than anything else.
The only mistake the UK made prior to Sept 11th, was not listening enough to repeated warnings from French Intel.
Who have, lest we forget, prevented some very major attacks on their soil, such as the attempt to blow up the crowded Christmas markets in Strasbourg in 2000, six years before, prevented an attempt to use a hijacked A310 to crash on to Paris.
Also, they have tracked, found, put away more terrorists, counting back from way before Sept 11.
Ever heard of the DGSE? Probably not, don't recall any blockbuster movies and TV
shows about them.
I'd take their record so far over the USA's, and the UK's truth be told.
So perhaps an answer to what ails poor Clipper, these fears of his.
Go live in France!
(Don't forget the trip report now!)