Of course the 9/11 killers are cowards. First and foremost they are cowards because they can’t face life without pre-packaged dogma. They are too cowardly to use their own minds even after coming to this country and observing the greatness of our society. [Emphasis mine] It is cowards like these that blindly supported the atrocities of the 20th century. The Islamic terrorists are hate-infested cowards whose only goal is destruction and infliction of humiliation as an end in itself as I’ve argued before.
What was noteworthy about Sontag was her instinctual “understanding” of the enemy, her knee-jerk anti-Americanism, and her gleeful “we brought it on ourselves” attitude. She has stated before that she thought Western Civilization was a cancer on this earth (anyone have the reference?).
Jason, America is indeed great on many counts: industry, science, distribution, etc. but coming from my perspective of looking at the "best" of American culture from an artistic view it’s a hulking cancerous whale. http://www.solohq.com/Articles/Newberry/Terrorism_and_Postmodern_Art.shtml
Art is not negligible in looking at a whole culture and there are many other countries that have richer and far superior arts cultures than America. Perhaps a good symbol or what I am talking about is the architecture of Frank Gehry, a flamboyant superficial outer shell, which has absolutely no connection with the inner functions of the building, though technically advanced. I think it is naive to give America a blanket praise of greatness when its arts lionize either a saccharine-coated shinny gloss to everything (Princess Bride) or hollow whine of Postmodern envies (The Fountain).
I empathize with other cultures that do not want to import America’s cultural shit. What would change the matter significantly were America to culturally engage in more depth and an integrated view in the arts.