The United States overreacted to the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers, according to the incoming vice–chancellor of the University of Oxford.
The panic that ensued following the September 11 attacks played a part in the US launching the so-called War on Terror.
Louise Richardson, an expert in terrorism, said the US’ response was a symptom of the fact that such attacks are a “new experience” for the country.
Speaking at a higher education conference in London, the principal of the University of St Andrews went on to argue that the UK is more resilient when it comes to terrorist attacks, due to the troubles in Northern Ireland.
Exploring the psychological impact of terrorism, she went on to argue that random attacks have such an impact on the public because “if nobody is chosen, nobody is safe”, the Daily Mail reported.
Professor Richardson went on to tell the audience, according to The Times: “Central to any terrorism campaign should be a resilient population and, I have to say, the British population in the course of the Troubles and violence in Northern Ireland proved really quite resilient.
“Far more so than the United States. And the scale of the reaction - I would say over-reaction - in the United States to the 9/11 atrocity was reflective of the fact that it was such a new experience for the United States," she added.
In pictures: 9/11 Memorial Museum
In pictures: 9/11 Memorial Museum
1/10 Pavilion exterior
The long-awaited museum dedicated to the 3,000 victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York, will open to the public at the World Trade Center site on May 21
2/10 Pavilion exterior
A view of the pavilion from outside
3/10 WTC Tridents
Recovered from the World Trade Center Site after 11 September 2001, these structural steel 'tridents' rose from the base of the North Tower (1 WTC). These columns were embedded at bedrock, branching from one column into three at the sixth floor. Here, they are located in the museum’s entry pavilion designed by Snoetta
4/10 Rescue and recovery
Photographs of rescue and recovery are part of the the exhibition
5/10 FDNY ambulance
FDNY ambulances were dispatched to the World Trade Center after hijacked Flight 175 struck the South Tower
6/10 Damaged phone booth
Damaged phone booth recovered after the 9/11 attacks is part of the exhibition
7/10 Bike rack
Bike rack recovered from outside of WTC building
8/10 Flag steel
The 'flag steel' is a piece of recovered WTC steel. Its graceful s-curve makes it appear as if it is a ribbon, or flag, flowing in the wind
Operating engineers used grappler claws to lift tangled steel and debris from the pile at Ground Zero. Spotters worked alongside them, scrutinizing each load for human remains. Breeze Demolition was among the companies utilizing heavy construction equipment for the recovery and cleanup operations
10/10 Box Columns
On 9/11, hijacked Flight 11 tore into the north facade of the North Tower, creating a gash from the 93rd through the 99th floors and tearing apart steel (M-27) columns weighing many tons
An internationally respected scholar and author of the study 'What Terrorist Want: Understanding the Enemy Containing the Threat', Professor Richardson often advises policy makers on the topics of terrorism and security.
Professor Richardson will become Oxford’s first female vice-chancellor when she adopts the position in January, after she was put forward by a nominating committee led by Oxford’s chancellor, Lord Patten of Barnes.Reuse content