by Hari Kunzru published in Harper's Magazine
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Kunzru, a British citizen, was traveling the Unite...Show description
Posted 574 days ago
Almost every magazine or newspaper has printed some memoir of 9/11 this month, which is the 2th anniversary. Most are just people talking about what they saw and remember, far away from New York. That's the case here, and although Kunzri writes eloquently, it just didn't seem important at all.
He does have a very nice passage though:
We now remember the period between the fall of the Berlin Wall and 9/11 as a time when people (at least people who lived in large global cities, and didn’t pay much attention to the Balkans, or Rwanda) could imagine that they were at the end of history, that all that remained of the age of ideology were a few skirmishes, before the advent of a pure capitalist technocracy. Instead, we had fifteen years of the idiocy of the “Clash of Civilizations,” and a ruthless binary logic reinforced by the Bush Administration’s disastrous decision to go to war in Iraq, almost guaranteeing that the widely supported fight to avenge the victims of 9/11 would turn into a quagmire.