Volume 95, Issue 7

Wednesday, September 12, 2001
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Students react with shock and fear

Professors warn of American revenge

London Scrambles

Professors warn of American revenge

By Chris Lackner
Gazette Staff

In the wake of yesterday's stunning destruction, Western's academic community urged extreme caution in the pending reactions of the American public, its government and the global community at large.

"I hope the U.S. administration is restrained and careful," said David MacGregor, a professor of sociology at King's College. He added a quick American reprisal upon the wrong culprit could be politically devastating.

"What's doubly frightening is what happened [yesterday], but also what might happen as a result," he said.

MacGregor called this terrorist attack "unprecedented in the Western world," noting it dwarfs any previous act of terrorism on American soil.

"This was an extremely co-ordinated, highly effective covert operation," MacGregor explained, noting the amount of resources and training likely required to facilitate yesterday's multiple plane hi-jackings.

Western history professor Craig Simpson called the attack a significant failure for American intelligence. "[Americans] have a vast intelligence-gathering operation which seems to have been ineffective," he said.

The attack will have a deeply shocking affect on the American psyche, Simpson said.

"Parts of Manhattan [yesterday] looked like Europe did in 1945," he said.

"I do think there is an obligation upon the part of reflective people to avoid extreme reactions," Simpson said. "I've already seen [comments posted on the Internet] calling for bloodshed."

"This was well co-ordinated. It wasn't something dreamed up in someone's basement."

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