69 million page views

Infidel, regarding sep11

Reader comment on item: Which Has More Islamist Terrorism, Europe or America?
in response to reader comment: Anne Julienne, avoiding self protection

Submitted by Anne Julienne (Australia), Jul 7, 2008 at 17:45

You wrote: "had the doors to the pilots in the cockpit been locked and had the pilots had guns, Sept 11 would never have occurred."

Sep11 was successful due mainly to the element of surprise: it was the first time hijacked planes were used as suicide missiles. All the cabin crew responded on the basis of previous hijacking patterns. However, even without this, your plan is not workable. If you slit enough throats from among the passengers and crew, sooner or later pilots will open those locked doors and their guns will be of no use to them. The jihadists know how much leverage is gained by hostage taking. They've had a lot of practice with the Israelis especially. As another poster has pointed out, armed citizenry is also available to American Muslims, so jihad on the ground will only lead to pointless bloodshed.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Infidel, regarding sep11 by Anne Julienne

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2022 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)