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Tuesday, August 13, 2002

9/11/01 as Theater and Fantasy

This is a deep, deep article. It could easily be one of those watershed peices that change the course of the war on terrorism.
Here's a brief quote:

The terror attack of 9-11 was not designed to make us alter our policy, but was crafted for its effect on the terrorists themselves: It was a spectacular piece of theater. The targets were chosen by al Qaeda not through military calculation--in contrast, for example, to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor--but entirely because they stood as symbols of American power universally recognized by the Arab street. They were gigantic props in a grandiose spectacle in which the collective fantasy of radical Islam was brought vividly to life: A mere handful of Muslims, men whose will was absolutely pure, as proven by their martyrdom, brought down the haughty towers erected by the Great Satan. What better proof could there possibly be that God was on the side of radical Islam and that the end of the reign of the Great Satan was at hand?

It is important we break out of the purely Western view of warfare if we are take the battle to the enemy.

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