John Lilburne's journal reacting to the aircraft crashing into the World Trade Centre.
1053 Wed 12 Sep 2001
About 12 hours ago two aircraft crashed into the World Trade Centre. I was not watching then, but I was watching live when the two towers collapsed. I watched the coverage until about 0200 this morning.
Everyone seems to be coming to grips with what has happened and what response there should be. The author Tom Clancy was interviewed on CNN, making the point that suicide bombers tend to be religious, motivated by hopes rewards after their death. This also came through in a movie I saw a few weeks ago, The Siege. So I think one of the responses will be a call for a more rational approach to religion.
1127 Wed 12 Sep 2001
Last week I looked at a magazine in the local newsagent "Eye Spy". I have looked up its website: www.eyespymag.com. In the last page update (time GMT): Wed Sep 12 05:58:32 2001 they have: "CIA believe that only terrorist group that could have launched such an attack is headed by Osama bin-Laden."
1207 Wed 12 Sep 2001
I searched www.google.com for "Osama bin-Laden" and have read two articles about him. A 1998 interview is on http://abcnews.go.com/sections/world/dailynews/terror_980609.html
It is frightening stuff. Here is part of what he said:
President Bush concluded his statement:
It is a considerable challenge.
1655 Wed 12 Sep 2001
This afternoon I read the next chapter of "Crimes of Obedience" by Kelman and Hamilton. It seems very relevant today: "Responsibility in Authority Situations". It begins with the question: "Who is responsible for a crime of obedience?". Today the world is looking for who is responsible for the planes flying into the World Trade Centre. The hijackers performed the action, but they are dead. Who gave them their orders? Who supported and harboured them? Here are a few extracts from Chapter 8:
Today's attack is being compared to the one on Pearl Harbour. I often listen to recordings I have of Winston Churchill.
Here is a quote of his:
Years ago I read "The Causes of War" by the Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey. I remember him saying that one of the causes is uncertainity about relative strengths, which can only be determined by fighting. Another quote of Churchill's I remember is: "What sort of people do they think we are?" It mattered for Churchill and matters for us. Osama bin-Laden made it clear what sort of people he thinks we are, in his interview. The answer is uncertain.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 12 September 2001.
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