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>Ask all outsiders whether they plan to crash
>a plane in the near future?
It's a nice little hindsight fact that, if we had been aware of certain
signs, we would have not only singled out the hijackers, but, indeed,
apprehended them months earlier.
What indeed shall we do?
It's a nice little hindsight fact that, if someone had actually gone into
the bedroom of one of the Columbine kids, that tragedy would have been
And it's a nice little hindsight that, if someone had actually taken a
good look at the kid in Florida (a nice quiet kid no-one paid any
attention to), that might have been prevented, too.
I don't have any answers here, but, yes, this hindsight sucks. There were
way too many red flags up.
So, what's the response to red flags these days? Is it really that no-one
gives a shit?
Looks that way.
Maybe we're too busy these days making our own little corners tidy. Or
maybe it don't really matter whom we're stepping over all the time.
And yet, we also have the little case of the shoe-bomb dupe, incompetent
and clumsy, who made himself all too obvious, and in his case, there was
a response to the red flags, although he was waving them with both hands.
Nice little case of hindsight, but he should have remained in France.
But, yeah, just how far is a deviation needed to be before the general
alarm is out?
Why is it while we're burying the dead that we realize what we've been
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