I am not inclined to revisit all this, as it doesn’t seem to be doing much to make people aware of the fact that there are many Attas still at large. Nevertheless, this piece gives an interesting glimpse into the day-to-day workings of the most notorious jihad strike of our age, and this one some of the harrowing highlights of the flight tapes.
“Stay quiet and you’ll be OK,” Atta told the passengers. This could be the new slogan for all of today’s anti-anti-terrorism. Stay quiet and you’ll be OK: stop fighting terrorists in Iraq and elsewhere, accept the preposterous claim that there was no Iraq Al-Qaeda link, don’t talk about the roots of Islamic violence in the core texts of Islam, keep mum about how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is just one arena of a global jihad that is being waged against non-Muslims by people with quite readily identifiable motives and goals, and on and on. Stay quiet and you’ll be OK.