Nobel laureate Doris Lessing stated in an interview with a Spanish newspaper:
“September 11 was terrible, but if one goes back over the history of the IRA, what happened to the Americans wasn’t that terrible…Some Americans will think I’m crazy. Many people died, two prominent buildings fell, but it was neither as terrible nor as extraordinary as they think. They’re a very naive people, or they pretend to be.”
Her point: around 3,700 people died and thousands were maimed over 30 years by the IRA.
So, in England, 3,700 people died over 30 years. That’s about 124 people per year for 30 years…tragic, but a non sequitir when you consider that murders in cities like New York and Los Angeles are typically in the range of 500-600 per year.
It’s also important to note that the 9/11 attacks were not the only attacks perpetrated on the US by Al-Qaida. Al-Qaida has been attacking Americans for years, 9/11 being their largest and most successful attack. 9/11 was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back – the act that “woke the sleeping giant” (though some, myself included, would argue that when it comes to defeating Al-Qaida and other Islamic terrorists, the giant is still half asleep – the sleeping half primarily residing in the Democrat party).
The truth is that Doris Lessing is little more than an anti-war nut whose view are only considered worthy of reporting due to her status as a Nobel Prize winner.
This woman’s remarks, when considered alongside the outrageous remarks of Nobel laureate Dr. James Watson that were reported on in the news media last week, make me wonder whether the Nobel committee should be vetting their nominees a bit more carefully before handing out the awards.