|How can we best fight terrorism?
|Where do these terrorists
Civilization and its discontents.
|| Washington Post Editorial
Opinion essay, 12Sep01: "When Innocents Are the Enemy".
"A foreseeable risk"?
admonitory interview between the chief "911" terrorist (Mohamed Atta), and
a U.S. Dept of Agriculture official, May 2000!|
|| "911" terrorist attack, to precision Israeli
assassination rocket attack against Palestinian militant leader, Abu Ali Mustafa.
World Trade Center towers, intact, rising into the sky.
Learn more about the World Trade Center buildings.
Learn much more about the World Trade Center buildings.
What to rebuild on the WTC site (below)? ]|
Not Mt. Etna (or Pompeii) -- a WTC survivor (Agence France-Presse).
Not Hamburg or Dresden.
See Rene Magritte's painting Empire of Light.
Go/Return to Russian nuclear submarine
Kursk tragedy (12Aug00).
millennium year ("Y2k") page (+ Mt. Etna).
Go/Return to The duty of communicators.
Copyright © 2001-2002 Brad McCormick, Ed.D.
02 July 2006CE (2006-07-02 ISO 8601)
|This page was initially uploaded (via ftp) onto my website
at 19:37PM, 13Sep01. I was unable to access outside websites, so I could not
validate the HTML at that time.|
|Telephone recording at my Internet Service Provider (ISP),
Cloud9, White Plains, New York, 07:00AM Friday 14Sep01: "As of 10:30 on Thursday evening,
Cloud9's primary internet connectivity is down.
Our backup connectivity is operative, but running at reduced capacity.
We are temporarily limiting the number of users that can dial in,
to ease the bottleneck on our network.
The primary connectivity is down as a result of the generator power at
Telehouse, in lower Manhattan, having to be shut down.
We do not have information available as to when the generator will be started again."|
|Starting at 17:30PM, Thursday evening (13Sep01), it took me 2 hours to get a dial-up connection,
and then I was unable to access websites outside Cloud9. Email seemed to working,
and my personal website on Cloud9 seemed to be available to outside users, since
I had logged some hits during the day, including search engine crawlbots and at least one
person from Sweden. At about 21:00PM, I dialed in on another account and
was able to load The BBC homepage, start an Altavista search and get back the firstpage of
matches, and load a couple other webpages. But then it seemed that any external
website I accessed would send at most a few hundred characters -- enough to get it's title text --,
and then send little or nothing more.|
|What should we rebuild on the World Trade Center site?|
|Why not build on this site where the gigantic impersonal "temple to
mammon" used to stand, a branch of a "new Alexandrian Library". (A "branch", because, if someone
blows it up, all will not be lost as it was when religious zealots destroyed the
first Alexandrian Library, whose resources were apparently
all concentrated in one place.)|
would be an institution devoted to open-ended
study and discussion, one of the missions of which would be developing the
Internet as a universally distributed facility to place all the world's learning and art, and the
ability of each individual to engage with and contribute to it, on each person's
kitchen table or laptop, especially in places remote from any city.
|This would not, however,
be a school in our ordinary sense, since it would be a place where persons would be
straightforwardly welcomed to develop themselves
culturally and collegially contribute to culture -- not yet another place where they would be
subjected to secular persecution of testing and grading. Someone (ref. lost)
described education in our society as: "The pleasurable pasttime of the privileged few
has been replaced by the obligatory tedium of everyone." This new institution would
endeavor to bring back the pleasure, but make it universally available.|
|In 1532, Dr. Francis Rabelais offered a name for such a
place where it would be most desirable to spend our days
engaged in creative study with good friends: Thélème.|
|Note: To see some more influential persons' ideas
what to rebuild on the World Trade Center site (26Sep01), including a
neo-Albert Speer light show,
More architectural symbolism? The New York Times' proposal (08Sep02, "Don't Rebuild. Reimagine.") includes,
as its centerpiece, two huge:
In December 2003, they are down to one "torqued" tower that looks like siamese twins, which they have
dubbed: "Freedom Tower"
(David W. Dunlap, "More Revisions in Plans for New York's Tallest Tower", NYT, 10Dec03, p.B1).
"The 1,776 foot tall Freedom Tower, designed to be the world's tallest and to
stand where the World Trade Center did, will become a top target for Islamic terrorists
as soon as it is occupied." (Daniel Benjamin, "The 1,776-Foot-Tall-Target", NYT OpEd piece, 23Mar04, p.A23)|
|In consideration of the
Postal anthrax attack which shortly followed
"911", I have a suggestion which, perhaps, "everybody" will find offensive -- like the British felt about
using Princess Diana in public service advertisements to wear seat belts:
|The final plans for reconstruction of 'ground zero'
"will preserve not only the memory of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, but the remnants - visible and even tangible -
of the buildings that died that morning, too... [including] a 70-foot-tall, 250-foot-long
section of the original slurry wall." (David W. Dunlap, "Memorial Will Preserve Twin Towers' Remnants", NYT on the Web, 17Dec04)
America will at last have its own