We’re just not as tough as the British, she says.
Americans ‘overreacted’ to the 9/11 attacks, according to the newly appointed first female vice-chancellor of Oxford University.
Terrorism expert Professor Louise Richardson said the 2001 atrocity provoked such a response because violent extremism was a ‘new experience’ in the US.
Guess she forgot about the Oklahoma City bombing.
Widespread panic ensued in America after al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger airliners and flew them into buildings, causing almost 3,000 deaths.
In contrast, British citizens have shown themselves to be more ‘resilient’ in the face of terror when dealing with violence during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, she said.
Professor Richardson, who lived and worked in the US for many years, said that combating the psychological impact of terror was the best counter measure.
She said: ‘The whole genius of terrorism is to have a greater psychological impact.
‘The reason random attacks have so much more impact is that if no-body is chosen, no-body is safe and the fear is much more widespread. I think central to any counter-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 I think – far more so than the US and the scale of the reaction and overreaction in the US to the 9/11 atrocity.
We just need to be more accepting of terrorism and just deal with it, or something, just like in Britain.
A number of notorious foreign extremists and weapons experts have boasted of learning their skills in UK colleges and universities, which have some of the most sophisticated laboratories in the world.
Rihab Taha, an Iraqi microbiologist dubbed “Dr Germ”, who worked on Saddam Hussein’s biological weapons programme, studied for her PhD in plant toxins at East Anglia University’s school of biological sciences in Norwich between 1980 and 1984.
Earlier this year, it emerged that almost 800 foreign students, applying for a range of science and engineering-based courses, had been barred from studying in the UK amid fears they might use the knowledge they gain to build weapons of mass destruction.
The students were barred as part of the Academic Technology Approval Scheme, introduced in 2007 following concern from the security services that terrorists were targeting British universities.
But Prof Richardson dismissed the notion that there was an intrinsic link between universities and radicalisation, stating that it was a “simple matter of demographics” as violent extremists tended to be young men who often congregated at universities.
We’re mildly surprised Obama hasn’t snapped up this towering intellect as one of his foreign policy advisers.