Both, Macintyre and Wild referred to Pearl Harbour, as a comparison to the September-11 attacks. According to Wild “The psychological impact will be greater than that of Japan’s destruction of the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbour and will reach far beyond America’s borders.”
Ben Macintyre : “The onslaught with four hijacked aircraft was the bloodiest assault on the United States since the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941.”
Pearl Harbour was not the only attacks which had taken place on American soil in its history. So why refer to Pearl Harbour? Pearl Harbour had two important points in common with the September-11 attacks.
On December-07-1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the U.S. navy base at Pearl Harbour by surprise. The attacks resulted in the entrance of the U.S. in WWII, as Britain’s ally. At the outcome of the war the allies won against Nazi Germany. The U.S. and the U.K. became even closer friends after WWII. The exceptionally close relationship between both countries was called the “special relationship” for the first time by Winston Churchill.
September-11 attacks were unattended just like the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. The United States entered WWII just like the war it was going to lead in the nearby future in response to the September-11 attacks. The “special relationship” between the U.S. and the U.K. was one of the results of the alliance between both countries. That “special relationship” was exposed by both leaders right after the September-11 attacks as well.
Both Wild and Macintyre reported the British support to the United States.
Wild : “ This attack was, as Tony Blair says not against America alone but part of a battle between terrorism and the entire free world. Which, can be met only by standing shoulder to shoulder.”
Macintyre also reports Britain’s support to the U.S “as Britain offered all the means at its disposal to track down the perpetrators.”
George Bush in his speech on September-11-2001 “thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance.” “America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world and we stand together to win the war against terrorism.”The three articles were Times reports of what happened on September-11-2001. They were also messages of support and friendship in behalf of the British government. But above all the the three articles were announcements of a new war and a new era in history.
How far was Britain going to get involved in that new war? How far was the Times going to support both leaders and their new mission?