Posted by Richard Haut on October 26, 2002 at 10:47:50:
In Reply to: Re: buildings as weapons of terror posted by Manuel Oliveros on October 26, 2002 at 10:23:06:
perhaps the phenomenon that we are seeing is the result of that inequality - saying 'this is what you are doing where we live'.
the images of destruction in Chechnya are like pictures from the two world wars. And in Israel: you kill some of ours and destroy our buildings, so we kill some of yours and destroy your buildings.
(In Israel, incidentally, it is not a fight for survival by the Israelis - they were offered full secure peace with the security of their borders backed by all (all) Arab nations, and they chose violence. Choose aggression and one gets aggression).
The subject may in itself exceed the realms of architecture, but if the result is to be an absence of urban safety, then it involves architecture as it involves so many other aspects of our lives. If even such low-levels of violence as were caused by the sniper can empty the streets and bring financial problems to an area, perhaps the notion which the major religions teach of behaving to others as one would wish others to behave to us should also apply in one country's treatment of other nations and peoples.
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