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Teeth of the Tiger

  • Teeth of the Tiger puts a big emphasis on being "post 9/11." This doesn't make sense to me because WAY WORSE THINGS HAVE ALREADY HAPPENED IN UNIVERSE! Denver was NUKED! It was so bad that they got rid of ICBM's. Why does 9/11 get attention in light of this?
    • This can be easily explained. Clancy has often gone on record with the fact his books are an allegory to the time they were written, and if given a choice between canon consistency and getting his point across, he often chooses the latter, though it doesn't diminish the validity of the argument 9/11 would be far less horrifying than the nuking of Denver or worse, the biological terrorism Daryaei used in Executive Orders, which does get referenced in TOTT.
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    • I noticed the same problem in Rainbow Six. There's a bit where a character scoffs at someone saying that now that the Cold War is over the world is a more peaceful place. This is a bit of our universe bleeding into their universe. In our reality this was true, but in their reality there were a couple extra wars that happened in the 90s in Deb of Honor and The Bear and the Dragon.