European Reflections on 9/11
In its "bitter legacy of 9/11," The Independent attempts to quantify the carnage related to the international war on terrorism in the last five years. The numbers, for which sources aren't provided, are ferocious:
2,973 Total number of people killed (excluding the 19 hijackers) in the September 11, 2001 attacks
72,000 Estimated number of civilians killed worldwide since September 11, 2001 as a result of the war on terror
In other words, suggests the liberal London daily, as horrific as 9/11 was, 24 times as many civilians have died since.
Seeking Their Inner American
Meanwhile, editors of the Italian La Stampa pose the question, "Are we still Americans?" The write-up queasily echoed Le Monde's stirring editorial from Sept. 2001, "We are all Americans now."
La Stampa's answer to that question? Yes. While sparing no criticism of Bush foreign policy, the Italian daily said, "We must not permit ourselves to forget that we're all in the same boat. We must absolutely not ignore who the attacker is (al-Qaeda), by which means (mass terrorism) and with what objective: to block the democratic development of every Muslim country, and drag them into the Holy War." (English translation from WatchingAmerica.com).
By Jefferson Morley |
September 12, 2006; 11:17 AM ET
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