A world in fear of commonsense
As we approach September 11, the Sydney Morning Herald's front page sums up the last decade.
Al-Qaeda's lasting damage was to our minds, writes Malcolm Knox.That confused opening represents the clearest thought in the whole piece.
The September 11 terrorists lost, but they also won.
How is our world changed? Superficially, Australians may feel unscathed. Flying is more inconvenient. We have to take off our belts and shoes, stow or drink our liquids, tell our children they can't visit the cockpit. Next to the lives lost in the United States, Afghanistan, Iraq, Indonesia, London, Madrid and elsewhere, Australians were deprived of very little.Notice how he draws a moral equivalence between deaths in NYC and those in Afghanistan and Iraq (mostly also caused by Islamists)? Or how he refers to Indonesia, hoping that Australians will forget about one of its cities - Bali.
Once transport and architecture were redefined as missiles and targets, everything changed, and the consequences ramified outwards from the cause. Terrorism's shadow gave a Coalition government, on its last legs on September 10, 2001, two bonus terms.Take that Labor!
It wasn't just rendition and Guantanamo Bay, it was the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes in London and the hounding of Mohamed Haneef in Brisbane. It was the Cronulla riotsYes. And what was that little armed rampage that happened the night after the Cronulla riots all about?
September 11 was the last hurrah of bin Laden's band of gangsters, who spent their last years watching and making onanistic videotapes. Their delusions looped the loop and met up with the wackiest of ours. Did al-Qaeda really destroy the Twin Towers, or was it the CIA? Dick Cheney? International Jewry?I knew Fairfax was in trouble but I had no idea they'd been sold to Indymedia.