Tuesday, October 23, 2007

French Philosopher on Terrorism

The 7th July 2005 London suicide bombers caught on CCTV at Luton train station at 07:21 BST on July 7, 2005. From left to right, Hasib Hussain, Germaine Lindsay, Mohammad Sidique Khan, and Shehzad Tanweer

No, it's not Girard, but André Glucksmann at City Journal. Glucksmann is an advisor to French president Nicolas Sarkozy and one of the few outright defenders of the US in France. He writes,

A pitiless new day is dawning. The powers of the inhuman and the efficacy of hatreds mutate dangerously. A generation that worked diligently to tame the threat of nuclear war finds itself driven toward a horizon more frightening to contemplate than the one it dreamed of avoiding. Now it must try again to think the unthinkable, to leave the era of the H-bomb and enter the time of the human bomb...

When, after Saddam Hussein’s fall, terrorist attacks multiplied in Iraq, they spared no one, especially not Iraqis: schoolchildren in buses or on sidewalks, men and women at the market, the faithful at prayer.

His presentation, From the H-Bomb to the Human Bomb, seems savvy and informed with insights from Girard's mimetic theory. New word for the day: "somalization". [HT: LGF]

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