Imagination is important, but avoid a simplistic to 9/11

O'Hanlon, Michael E.
August 2004
Aviation Week & Space Technology;8/9/2004, Vol. 161 Issue 6, p58
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There is much truth to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks Commission's finding that a lack of imagination was the biggest failing prior to the terrible attacks of three years ago in the U.S. The recent warnings about possible attacks against the New York Stock Exchange, World Bank and other financial institutions remind of the need for two things— tactical intelligence on the terrorist outfit Al Qaeda cells and site defense of critical assets. Not much imagination is needed to know that Al Qaeda may again strike with truck bombs or other explosives against large, prominent commercial buildings with high symbolic value and lots of important people inside. The core group and its various affiliates have already done so many times since 9/11, from Morocco to Saudi Arabia to Tunisia to Pakistan to Iraq and Indonesia and Spain.


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