In these first few days following the knife attacks in a Kunming train station that killed close to 30 people and injured more than 100, there have been multiple comparisons to the September 11 attacks in the United States. Historical analogies can be useful, to an extent, but I would argue that the best (or, at least, a better) parallel can be drawn between Saturday's attack and the February 26, 1993, bombing of the World Trade Center in New York.

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