|Faced with the horror of such demonstrations of our vulnerability to being on the wrong side of military innovation as 9/11, Madrid, and Beslan, denial is no surprise. Denial that such brutality has been fed by the brutality and damage of centuries of colonial domination keeps the enemy out there. Evildoers, Terrorists, War.
In the first place such denial is understandable, in the second place it is very unintelligent, since reactions rooted in this denial will feed the flames, especially if they rely on 'shock and awe'. 9/11 opens the door to a new world in which some of the oppressed have found a voice to match the violence and oppression of their imperial tormentors.