Over the past days, it has been impossible to avoid some mention or visual reminder of the events of September 11, 2001. It was a tragic, but possibly avoidable event.
Just having finished a serious book, I needed something “light” to read. By chance, a friend had given me a novel, which was in my pile of unread books. Other than the cover blurb, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
If anyone wants to understand how the terrorist attacks of ten years ago could have succeeded, he or she has only to read The Lion’s Game, by Nelson DeMille. (This is more a guy’s book, but women should not hate it.) The book’s copyright page reveals that it was published in 2000, meaning that it was conceived and written prior to that...well before September 11, 2001. It is fiction, but the author comes across as clairvoyant. The story deals with a terrorist attack on the United States and government actions and reactions.
Most likely, the real attacks could have been prevented, if various government agencies and departments within those agencies had shared information, cooperated, and worked together. Unfortunately, that is against human nature and contrary to the workings of large human organizations. (I don’t know if ants and bees suffer from the same troubles.) Anyone that has worked in a large organization (business, military, other) knows that this is true. It can be observed and/or experienced every day. One merely has to observe the workings (uh, non-working) of the US Congress; partisanship is more natural than cooperation. I will not bore you with numerous experiences from my working years. Humans are petty, jealous, competitive, vain, and so on, all of which play out in the daily life of organizations and nations. Such emotions are often, if not always, at odds with the needs and good of the greater group or whole.
If various facets of the US Government had not had their own agendas, had shared information, had communicated with one another, and had worked in concert, two large buildings would probably still be standing in New York, Iraq would not have been invaded, troops would not be mired in Afghanistan, and thousands of humans would not have prematurely lost their lives. The threat of terrorism would still exist, but it would be as threatening as asteroids: many come our way, but the big ones fail to hit disrupt human life.
Sadly, man is his own worst enemy and other men/women—who should be working for you—are your worst enemies. If you don’t believe me, read the book. It’s fiction, but it’s real...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.