Lessing’s Lessons on 9/11
Posted on Oct 23, 2007
Allowing that some Americans might find her “crazy,” Nobel Prize-winning writer Doris Lessing told Spain’s El Pais newspaper that the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, were “neither as terrible or as extraordinary as they think,” pointing to the IRA bombings in Britain as other examples of calamities.
The author conceded that “many people died and two prominent buildings fell” in the attacks on New York’s World Trade Center in 2001.
“They’re a very naive people, or they pretend to be,” she added of Americans.
Lessing, whose novels include The Golden Notebook and Memoirs of a Survivor, also branded President George W Bush “a world calamity”.
“Everyone is tired of this man. Either he is stupid or he is very clever, although you have to remember he is a member of a social class which has profited from wars.”