Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle

Man on Wire

Why I suspect Man on Wire struck a chord (i.e. in winning this year's Academy Award for best documentary) was that it touched on the one aspect of 9/11 which hasn't received its proper due: the inherent horror of destroying one of the world's engineering wonders.

This is ironic because as far as I can tell the one Taliban act which finally turned the civilized world against them wasn't denying medical care, employment, and education to women, or even executing innocent people before screaming mobs in Kabul's former soccer stadium, but rather dynamiting the Buddha statues in Afghanistan's Bamyan valley.

The point is that even if you're possessed by an irrational hatred of particular races or religions, both of these objects were timeless, and should have inspired wonder rather than an urge to destroy.

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