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Sunday, August 24, 2003

There's a fabulous profile of Harvard's president, Laurence Summers, in today's New York Times Magazine - by James Traub.
Also this really odd piece in the Week in Review, by Don Van Natta, Jr., about the Terror "Industry," illustrated with photos of a Japanese kamikaze pilot and the latest suicide bomber with his two kids.
As the devastating attacks on civilians in Jerusalem and Baghdad last week demonstrated, suicide bombings have become a grimly efficient terrorist industry. The industry is flourishing worldwide; bomb-makers are in especially high demand.
I can't tell what the point of this is, whether it's to glorify, explicate or excuse suicide bombings. It certainly takes them for granted, which is pretty mind-boggling if you think about it.