Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
Terror and Liberalism
- Paul Berman , Terror and Liberalism (2004MAY)
The author says totalitarian regimes promise long-lasting empire and opportunities to die for a cause. The first is seldom feasible, so it comes to the second eventually. But during the time of threat, does the liberal world have the spirit necessary to stave off an encroaching totalitarian force? To meet death with death -- Lincoln's "last full measure of devotion"?
This book is an argument for a continued serious response to terrorism a few years after the 9/11 attack. This comes from another book, but it's important to consider terrorism is not a tactic for someone in a position of strength. A strong force would invade America. Terrorism is trying to get the enemy to hurt itself, either biding time or accepting that winning is not possible.