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The Best and Worst of 9/11/02

Some of the anniversary writings provoked thought and stiffened spines and others pointed to a burgeoning anti-Americanism.

12:00 AM, Sep 12, 2002 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
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-And in the Guardian, noted historian Simon Schama railed against the evils which beset the United States. By which he means, of course, Enron and Halliburton. With a straight face, Schama calls America an "oligarchy" and calls for a grass-roots uprising to wrest power from the hands of the bourgeoisie. "Apparently, the dead are owed another war. But they are not. What they are owed is a good, stand-up, bruising row over the fate of America; just who determines it and for what end?"

Unconcerned with terrorism or Wahhabi extremism, Schama seems to seriously believe that September 11 should be the proximate cause of a glorious revolution: "Starting in New York, starting now, we need to do what the people of this astoundingly irrepressible city do best: stand up and make a hell of a noise."

Jonathan V. Last is online editor of The Weekly Standard.