<a href="http://www.thenewrepublic.com/112601/notebook112601.html" target="_blank">http://www.thenewrepublic.com/112601/notebook112601.html</a><br /><br />Norman Mailer Excerpt: "The WTC was not just an architectural monstrosity, but also terrible for people who didn't work there, for it said to all those people: 'If you can't work up here, boy, you're out of it.' That's why I'm sure that if those towers had been destroyed without loss of life, a lot of people would have cheered. Everything wrong with America led to the point where the country built that tower of Babel, which consequently had to be destroyed... And then came the next shock. We had to realize that the people that did this were brilliant. It showed that the ego we could hold up until September 10 was inadequate."<br /><br /><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/events/newsnight/newsid_1801000/1801121.stm" target="_blank">http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/events/newsnight/newsid_1801000/1801121.stm</a><br /><br />Norman Mailer Excerpt: "[George W. Bush] can't make a speech without using the word 'evil' 13 or 15 or 22 times. But where is the evil? They can't even locate Osama Bin Laden? They don't know if he is alive or dead. Fighting evil is a way of dulling people's minds. It's as if in America, because we have so few roots, an Israeli in America, you can find the place where they were born. They even redid the hospital where the person was born, because we rebuild and rebuild, and we make things uglier and uglier every time we rebuild. Given that, there are no roots, compared to European countries we have very few roots. You need something to believe, and patriotism becomes it."