realinterrobang (realinterrobang) wrote,
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What do Paris, Baghdad, and Beirut have in common?

Terrorists love symbolism. It's really important to think of what major terrorist attacks mean as well as what they are. It's especially obvious that Daesh knows, pays attention to, and hates history, particularly of the non-Islamic kind.

Paris, Baghdad, and Beirut have these things in common: All are or were major cosmopolitan centres of learning, art, and culture, and all are or were major Jewish population centres in their respective regions. You can't talk about the cultural history of the western world without talking about Paris, Beirut used to be known as "The Paris of the Middle East," was long a haven for expats and intellectuals (and, let's be honest, spies -- Kim Philby much!), and sat on the uneasy border between the American and Soviet spheres of influence, and Baghdad used to be a major crossroads of the Silk Road, and then the Ottoman Empire, and, even further back than that, was the seat of Jewish learning and the home of the Babylonian Talmud, among other things.

If you think what I've said seems far-fetched, think about Palmyra.
Tags: culture hacking, judaica, terrorism
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