Perspectives on September 11, 2001

Following are links to selected external writings on the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Note that these readings almost invariably do not fully reflect the particular perspective taken by Sostenuto, but they do provide valuable information and related views.

The Value — and Empowerment — of Common Citizens in an Age of Danger, By David Brin, — An essay on the importance of ordinary people and everyday actions in a post-9/11 world.

Avoiding a Generation of Terrorism in America: Ten Lessons from Sri Lanka, By Sharif Abdullah, Commonway — An insightful look at terrorism and the war on it, very much in the spirit of systems thinking.

Why Are We So Hated? Looking Beyond Osama Bin Laden, By William O. Beeman, Pacific News Service, September 12, 2001 — Part I of a global perspective on the September 11 attacks, showing the situation to be something far more complicated than we the good guys and them the bad.

Why a Military Response Won’t Work — Historic Roots of Mideast Grievances, By William O. Beeman, Pacific News Service, September 19, 2001 — Part II of the global perspective begun with the above article, suggesting why a military response cannot bring an end to terrorism.

Bush’s Orwellian Address — Happy New Year: It’s 1984, By Jacob Levich, Common Dreams News Center, September 22, 2001 — A comparison of the apparently obvious and accepted course ahead of the U.S. to the dystopian world of George Orwell’s 1984.

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