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Cultural Revolutions

Cultural Revolutions
sticky—and related —problems of evil\r\nand the disappointments and seemingly\r\nrandom tragedies of human existence.\r\nTheir problem is not with "religion";\r\ntheir problem is with God.\r\n--Wayne Allensworth\r\nSINCE SEPTEMBER 11, I have spent\r\na great deal of time in interviews with all\r\nsorts of media people, who range from\r\nthe well informed to the abysmally ignorant.\r\nOne question that occurs with\r\ndeadly predictability concerns the mindset\r\nof the terrorists: Just what kind of\r\nwarped alien creature could possibly\r\ncrash a plane into the World Trade Center?\r\nAnd, more broadly, what on earth do\r\nthey hope to achieve by this? Don't they\r\nknow they can never defeat the United\r\nStates? As I go through the same explanations\r\nhme and again, I often wish that\r\nthere were a handy Guide to Terrorism to\r\nwhich I could refer them —a comprehensive\r\nCliffs Notes. And then it occurs\r\nto me that such a thing does exist. Rather\r\nthan a thousand television chat programs\r\non terrorism, in which experts like myself\r\nfloat their half-baked nostrums, it would\r\nbe much more useful for American television\r\nnetworks to show just one film—\r\nideally every night for a month or so, until\r\nthe whole nation can lip-synch the\r\nlines. It really is that crucial: When\r\nsomeone has seen and understood the\r\n1966 film The Battle of Algiers, they have\r\nacquired an expertise in matters of terrorism\r\nand counterterrorism far superior to\r\nthat...

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