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Terrorism and the Survival of the Species Terrorism is merely a violent form of communicating. The concept of September 11, 2001 conducted as follows: America, it is time you learned exactly how implacably you are hated. The planes used were the terrorist version of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles aimed toward Americas' innocence. That innocence, the terrorists loudly announced, was a lavish and anachronistic delusion. A year after the attack, one is liberated to flavor the bile of its own atrocious ingenuity. It is already trite - but stringently needed - to emphasize that such a mise en scne could have bothered that a studio executive storyboard or a thriller-writer's laptop ("What happened today was not credible," were the words of Tom Clancy, the author of The Sum of All Fears). And yet in broad daylight and total consciousness that outline became established fact: ten bucks worth of box-cutters made ten million tons of rubble. Several lines of US policy were bankrupted by the events of September 11, 2001 among them nationwide missile defence. Someone realised that the heavens of America were already teeming with missiles, each of these primed and cocked. If the architect of the devastation was Os...