Monday, 12 September 2011

A new type of war

Anyone who watched news reports from the 9/11 attacks on US soil will have those horrific images seared into their minds for life: hijacked planes crashing into buildings, said skyscrapers imploding, and people jumping out of skyscrapers in a desperate but useless bid to survive. Sounds like a movie packed with special effects, but watched like a horror movie because it was real life, not reel life. It is hard to forget devastation on such a scale. 'The 9/11 attacks' has become a household term in virtually every developed nation in the world. How could it not, after security measures that have since been normalized in the name of 'national security' have infringed on so many aspects of our lives? Just saying.

But despite the huge explosion of international media attention, so many facts about that day remained unclear. Until last week, on the verge of the anniversary of the event a decade later, when the Rutgers Law Review published information that had previously never been revealed to the public, in the format of the report "A New Type of War". An extract from the preface explains it is "an “audio monograph” of critical communications from the morning of 9/11, linked by narrative and graphics placing each audio clip in context. We believed that such a rendering would be the best way to enable the public to understand what happened on 9/11 – how the day was lived by those responding to the attacks."

Definitely worth a read if you're looking to understand more. And while we're on the topic, I have no idea what former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad wants to prove by once again insisting that the 9/11 attacks were staged by the US. This converges with his actions last year, where he (in)famously said in a press conference that "if they can make Avatar [the sci-fi movie], they can make anything". Seriously??


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