Wednesday 7 December 2016

Nine years, two wars, all the dead -- nothing learnt

Robert Fisk

Published 11/09/2010 | 05:00

Hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 flies toward the Twin Towers shortly before impact nine years ago
Hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 flies toward the Twin Towers shortly before impact nine years ago

Did 9/11 make us all go mad? How fitting, in a weird, crazed way, that the apotheosis of that firestorm nine years ago should turn out to be a crackpot preacher threatening another firestorm with a Nazi-style book burning of the Koran.

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Or a would-be mosque two blocks from "ground zero" -- as if 9/11 was an onslaught on Jesus-worshipping Christians, rather than on the atheist West.

But why should we be surprised? Just look at all the other crackpots spawned in the aftermath of those international crimes against humanity: the half-crazed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the smarmy post-nuclear Moammar Gadaffi, Tony Blair with his crazed right eye and George W Bush with his black prisons and torture and lunatic "war on terror". And that wretched man who lived -- or lives still -- in an Afghan cave and the hundreds of al-Qa'idas whom he created. And remember one thing: even if the Rev Terry Jones sticks with his decision to back down, another of our cranks will be ready to take his place.

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