Posted by Brian from Shawnee on March 24, 2006
In Reply to: 9/11 posted by L on March 24, 2006
: : : : hi there... I just wanna ask what is the real meaning of the phrase "the sum of all fears"
: : : You probably already know that it's the title of a movie of 2002 based on a Tom Clancy book published earlier in the same year. The book begins with a quote: "Why, you may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman or the most audacious soldier, put them at a table together - what do you get? The sum of their fears." - Winston Churchill. .SS.
: : Actually the Clancy book came out in 1991, post-Cold War but pre-9/11.
: "pre-9/11" which year? 1991, I assume.
: I joined much of the world in being disgusted and shocked at the twin-towers incident, but "9/11" is a date every year and 11th September happens to be my brother-in-law's birthday, so it means different things to different people.
: Perhaps it is not helpful to simply name an incident as just a day/month. It needs a better title to distinguish it from all other 9/11s.
: BTW I have never understood why it is month/day/year in the US - logically it should be day/month/year or year/month/day because that is the natural progression for dates. anybody know why and how long that format has been used?
My son recently tried to stump me by asking "What do they call the 4th of July in England?" I won't spoil it by giving the answer, but I will ask why, when discussing a spy thriller written by an American guy, involving a joint Arab-East German terrorist attack in the United States, it wouldn't make sense to categorize it as having been written between the "Cold War" and "9/11"?