NBC- Dr. Louise Richardson, who will become vice-chancellor at Britain's Oxford University next year, said on Tuesday the United States overreacted to the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon because "it was such a new experience" for the nation.
"The scale of the reaction — I would say overreaction — in the U.S. to the 9/11 atrocity, I think, was reflective of the fact that it was such a new experience for the U.S.," Richardson told the audience.
By contrast, she said, "the British population proved really quite resilient" to terror attacks, having lived through the Northern Ireland's "Troubles" from the 1960s and 1990s.
That period included a series of deadly bombings by the Irish Republican Army in mainland Britain.
The worst of these included an IRA bombing that killed 12 people in 1974 after it hit a bus carrying soldiers and their families on a freeway in Northern England. A wave of bombings attributed to the same militant group hit British pubs the same year and killed 28 people.
The IRA ended its 30-year armed campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland as part of a power-sharing peace deal in 1998. Overall, the conflict left around 3,600 people dead.
Did we doctor? Give me that PhD so I can bash it over your fucking skull. You think we overreacted to THE WORLD TRADE CENTER being burnt to the ground? You think we overreacted to two of the tallest buildings in the most important financial district in the most prestigious American city crumbling floor by floor? You think we overreacted after losing thousands of American lives, and having thousands upon thousands more affected, over the course of a couple hours?
Comparing the attacks that Britain suffered through to the attacks of September 11th is the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard. Apples to oranges doesn't even do it justice. It's like comparing Hurricane Katrina to a weekly, midday drizzle. Listen, I am not trivializing the 3,600 lives lost over a 30 year period in Britain. However, it's not exactly the same as having the entire safety of your country compromised in a matter of seconds. A litany of attacks that killed 15-20 people at a time is a litttttle bit different than losing damn near 3,000 lives in one day. Basically Britain kept getting bumped by the same guy in the club every time he went out, while America got bashed in the back of the head with a champagne bottle while he wasn't looking. Of course we got up swinging instead of being mildly annoyed. Northern Ireland basically walked into Britain's party and ate the potato chips one at a time until they were gone, and Afghanistan walked into America's party dumped all the chips on the ground and told the host to go fuck himself. Those are drastically different situations that require drastically different forms of retaliation.
Oh, look at how resilient Britain was. They let Northern Ireland waltz into their country and push them around one attack at a time. The only resilient thing about Britain was their asshole while Northern Ireland repeatedly gave them wedgies. They are about as resilient as their tooth enamel. Sorry Doc. We are America. We have a reputation to uphold. You fuck with us, we get proactive. You fly planes into our buildings, we occupy your whole fucking country. We assert our dominance like a true national power. Yeah, 9/11 was a new experience for Americans, and our 'overreaction' was to make sure we didn't have to deal with anything similar again. Maybe you could learn something from the good old United States of America.
Not exactly sure how you could call any type of reaction to this an overreaction...