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The TFT Guide To... Life After 9/11

17 September 2006

This week you might have noticed it's been five years since 9/11, The Day Everything Changed. Fortunately this turned out not to be literally the case, or we'd all have had to get new keys cut. But how *exactly* has the world changed since that fateful day?

...

1) Western media has annual grief-fest remembering the 9/11 attacks. Meanwhile, Iraqi media has daily grief-fest remembering the previous day's attacks.

2) In the UK, we have all been forced to accept changes in our daily lives: stringent airport security, having our bags searched more often, seeing heavily armed police on our streets and checking the Terror Alert Level every morning to find out if it's safe to leave the house.

3) The Bush administration has been given an excuse to enact its plan to 'reshape' the Middle East. Much of the Middle East is indeed now a lot flatter.

4) Political debate in the US has been dragged down to the level of semi-literate American Internet users. For example: 'Go USA!!! Fcuk camel sukin' arab bitches!!! USA USA UAS!! Sukc my dick SADDAM ASHOLE!!!' - as George W Bush commented in a recent speech.

5) Journeys on the Tube just aren't as much fun as they used to be. And they were never that good.



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