Diary entries relating to "terrorism"
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
In his story "The Purloined Letter," Edgar Allan Poe writes about a man who hides a letter he doesn't want found in plain sight, amongst the other letters and bills on his desk. Whenever I've wanted to hide something, I've remembered that story. Apparently, Osama bin-Laden read it too, since he was killed while hiding in plain sight....
Sunday, July 4, 2004
I recently saw Michael Moore's incendiary documentary film "Fahrenheit 911." There are plenty of comments on the film in the media already, so why should I add mine?-- because I disagree with many of the film's ideas, yet feel it is eminently worth seeing.
One of the recent trends that most upsets me is partisanship: the idea that I'...
Monday, September 24, 2001
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."
These lines fill the screen at the end of one of my favorite movies, The Miracle at Morgan's Creek, when the hapless young hero discovers he has become the father of 8 infant sons, all sired by another man.
I was reminded of them as our...
Sunday, September 16, 2001
Last week I attended a typical charity dinner, celebrating the raising of $15 million to make needed additions and renovations to San Fernando Cathedral here in San Antonio. It was an ecumenical event and ministers from several faiths stood up and gave speeches. I noticed how nervous the local Muslim cleric looked and thought he was...
Tuesday, September 11, 2001
When the World Trade Center in New York City was reduced to rubble by terrorists on Tuesday, September 11, it hit me especially hard, because I lived in New York for 30 years and it will always be my hometown. I wasn't fond of the Twin Towers--I remember watching them being built and thinking how hideous they were.
But the Trade...