Comments on: Learning the wrong lessons from 9/11 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: jledbet Wed, 14 Sep 2011 19:56:40 +0000 To TrulyAmerican: I’m not seeing any pending comments from you. Please repost what you’d like to post and we will have a look. Thanks.

By: TrulyAmerican Wed, 14 Sep 2011 17:18:46 +0000 Please forward this to Mr. Richard Baum:

Dear Mr. Baum:

I am curious why Reuters has not posted my comments on the Great Debate article, Learning the wrong lessons from 9/11, by Michael Ignatieff, dated Sep 11, 2011.
Is it because my comments were critical of our (the US that is) foreign policy in the Middle East? Are you worried the Israeli lobby my not like the fact that you would post comments like mine?

I am especially curious, but NOT incriminating, because I also want to acknowledge that you posted my comments, as featured, on Peter Baumann’s article, The danger of symbols. I am truly honored.

I kindly request a meaningful reply to my inquiry.

I remain,

Truly American

By: hsvkitty Tue, 13 Sep 2011 19:24:42 +0000 @murzak while it was supposed to be a day of remembering, the article brings important failures to light.

The truth is, Canada was decades ahead of the USA in airport security. Although it isn’t and can never be perfect, all airline personal and anyone working in a Canadian airport had to give complete background of financial and personal checks, including immediate family, whereas in the USA there were dozens of airport staff with criminal backgrounds working for airlines found after 9/11. There had been no background checks…

Visitors were not freely allowed to pass security in Canada, as you needed a boarding pass. Only those with security clearance ID are allowed. In the states it was astonishing to be met at the gate when I arrived in the USA for my first visit. This only changed after 9’11…

Many personal at American airport security were literally untrained,inept and underpaid. They didn’t consider the job important and the hijackers were able to target the lackadaisical security checkpoints easily, having done test runs…

The hijackers trained to takeoff only, and stuck out so much some were reported to no avail. No one was acting to secure the nation until it was too late. And then the blame began and is still flying…

Canada was blamed for “letting” the hijackers into the country, even though your own border guards would have let them in! It is unlikely their false papers would have made it through our system as their papers would be checked on departure and arrival.

At this same time the USA didn’t thank Canada for their part in assisting, including taking on 239 aircraft destined for the U.S. and Canada landing safely at 17 airports in Canada after airspace was closed. During his thank you speech after 9/11, Bush deliberately and inexplicably left out Canada. (That always irked me and many Canadians, especially when there were families who took thousands of stranded passengers home and provided others with food and toiletries, bedding and lodging)

The barn door was closed long after the horse left… and of course what you have is increased security (mostly increased hassle)and a huge budget to keep America safe(er). We Canadians were thanked for our help with an aggressive border crossing campaign that has ensured we will never be as “close” to the good neighbours we once were.

Your toxic CDOs and lack of action in foreclosuregate brought your economy to its knees and affected the world economy to far too great a degree and a good lot of blame can rightly be attributed to your lobbyists having so much clout and your corporations being given status as “persons” rather than entities.

Those same “persons” are allowed to give campaign contributions, whilst funding foundations that lobby for less regulation and write new laws which have been passed, not to mention the repeal of Glass-Steagall which was the catalyst of the economic crisis let’s not forget, the watering down of the newest financial regulations that was passed over a year ago but still being written and watered and with implementation “Dates still to be determined.”

By: KyuuAL Mon, 12 Sep 2011 21:17:32 +0000 Average citizens are not exempt from the criticism as well. As American citizens, it is our civic duty to know the government’s responsibility and install appropriate people to represent us.

By: CheckItOut Mon, 12 Sep 2011 18:16:15 +0000 The lesson learned is that our governments have been lousy at picking security people. In spite of all the red flags from the Islamic terrorists we were a push over due to incredible incompetence of people never held accountable.

By: AbinSur Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:39:37 +0000 Michael Ignatieff’s article is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale journalistic environment.

By: Wandawoof Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:29:28 +0000 Well said!

By: Benrandle Mon, 12 Sep 2011 12:22:19 +0000 The attack on the icons of America’s economic and military powers, twin towers and Pentagon, changed the world instantly. The change did not take place due to the terrorist attacks; the world was changed by the massive reaction and fury of the sole super power. Within a period of one month, an attack was launched on Afghanistan which toppled the government of Taliban but which caused the terrorists to be grateful. By the hindsight, it has now been revealed that this was what al Qaeda was asking for. It had successfully provoked the US to enter the land where two earlier super powers, Britain and USSR, had lost their pride and glory. After ten years, one trillion dollar and thousands of lives, al Qaeda is many times stronger and formidable. The US has gained nothing except for taking OBL, who was only a figurehead. The COO of al Qaeda is alive and kicking and so is his ideology of conquering the world. Read more at: ml

By: specszlot Sun, 11 Sep 2011 21:13:57 +0000 It’s fair to remind ourselves that “Governance by Crisis” is much easier to accomplish than Governance by consensus, compromise and sound policies. We seem chained to the television watching our political class struggle to maintain the 51% majority which makes all the rules for the other 49%. To borrow a line from William Greider, (“Secrets of the Temple”), these days our politicians worship at the same alter of democracy as Wall Street:

“One dollar = One Vote”.

By: w.burton Sun, 11 Sep 2011 20:57:05 +0000 Great article, Mr. Ignatieff.