Some 9/11 quotes.
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iGreens dislike government interference in things which would be done better by the private sector.  However, we recognise a limited role for the state to act in self defense against external aggression.   

There can be few more clearly justified acts of self-defence than the US response to the attacks of Sept 11th.  Most people can see this pretty clearly.   

However, a few bleeding hearts and fellow travellers, who would have government messing up everything else, don't like it when for once it does a good job.   Here are some of their thoughts.   

“The US bombing campaign may be hurting coalition friends more than Taliban enemies.” Time, Nov 9. 

“Stop this Now.”   “Is the war already lost?”  New Statesman, Oct 15 

“Is bin Laden winning the war?” Spectator Oct 20

[The US forces are] “a gigantic death squad” [and  Sept 11 is being] “exploited by capitalists”. Environmentalist George Monbiot in the Guardian 

[bin Laden acted from the] “highest motives and in the name of freedom”. Jeanette Winterson, author. 

[The Sept 11 attacks were] the greatest work of art in the cosmos … compared to that, we composers are nothing.”   Karlheinz Stockhausen, composer.   

31 May 2003 update.   I have discovered that the above is a serious misquotation.  Stockhausen's views can be read here.   I apologise unreservedly.   

 

The “brilliance” of “Osama” who “seems more like a CEO to me” Gore Vidal, author

Jim Thornton, Leeds 17 Nov 2001.   Contributions welcome. 

 

 

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