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Could this have been a test?

Reader comment on item: Why Did American Airlines 587 Crash?

Submitted by Marlene Goodman (United States), Aug 30, 2004 at 12:58

Referring to the article about the crash of AA flight #587:

"If it was terrorism, one has to wonder about the efficacy or purpose
of violence that is so obscure it is interpreted as a transportation
accident. Killing 265 people only has effect if it terrorizes; an
accident is shrugged off as an impersonal tragedy. As in so many other
cases, the purposes of these aggressive acts can only be guessed at."

This could have been a test. The WTC was bombed in 1993, a precursor to what had been planned for 5 years prior to 9/11. The shoe-bombing of flight 587 may have been a test to find another way to get bombs onto airplanes. The flight out of New York in 1997 or '98, that crashed off of Long Island, with eyewitnesses claiming they saw a missle hit the plane, is now reported to have had bomb residue all over the remains. In a country so complacent as ours, we just didn't have the foresight to think terrorism would hit our shores. It's like a person from a small, quiet town innocently walking through a dangerous neighborhood in the big city. We were not "streetwise" about terrorism, never dreamed it could happen here and were completely caught unprepared. It's a different world now. We need to be protecting ourselves.

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