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Yes, terrorism is freaky. But, it is rarely so abused as it was on Sept 11th. London wasn't safe 10 years ago. But it didn't stop people from getting on with their lives. For the U.S., it is a relatively new concept. No, it's not right. No, it *shouldn't* happen. No, innocent people don't deserve to die for causes they know sod all about.

This wasn't a nail bomb in a disco, or a car bomb in front of a hotel where dignitaries are staying. This was over 6000 civilians being killed in cold blood as a result of a long thought out and well developed plan. This attack made the IRA look like amateur hour. When was the last time the IRA made over 1000 corpses in a day?

It was the scope of the attack, not just the attack itself, that stunned many.

This attack came from a foreign source. As much of the IRA claims to hail from the north, they are more comparable to the Weather Underground or SLA, or even the militia movement that gave us Tim McVeigh. They are a homegrown terrorist organization, not one from half a world away. While there are some similarities (the desire to cloak barbarism as a religious act) it is not a valid comparison.

I do agree that the IRA is a terrorist goon squad who should be targeted, but the analogy ends there.
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