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November 05, 2004

Al Qaeda, US, and painless civilization

This evening I was sitting on the seat in the subway. Then I found a young woman just on the opposite side reading a book entitled Al Qaeda. She was so concentrated on the book that she didn't notice that I was gazing at her and her book.

On Amazon.com a reviewer commented, "Every time the US military does something in the Middle East, bin Laden's notion of a cosmic struggle between the West and Islam is reinforced," this is the topic I wrote in my book Painless Civilization as one of the characteristics of the battle against painless civilization. In the above case the enemy was Al Qaeda, but the same structure holds for the US as a self-reinforcing system.

I think I will have to translate Painless Civilization as fast as possible....

Photo: Marcel Duchamp in an Osaka subway train

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