Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Berlin, Two Days After 9/11

Barack Obama is currently in Europe attempting to "restore America's standing in the world" and regain the sympathy that George Bush is famously supposed to have “squandered” after the 9/11 attacks. But it is worth remembering what the atmosphere was really like in the heart of Europe in the aftermath of the attacks. In his 2002 book "No War, Nowhere" [Kein Krieg, Nirgends], Henryk Border reports on an important intellectual gathering that took place in Berlin two days after 9/11. There was indeed a great deal of sympathy on display. It was, however, for the most sympathy with the perpetrators of the attacks, not with the victims.

See my new translation of Broder's report on here.