Author and noted scholar Mike Davis suggests that, 10 years ago, Lower Manhattan became the “Sarajevo of the War on Terrorism.” As with the assassination of the Archduke and his wife in 1914, a “small network of peripheral but well-connected conspirators, ennobled in their own eyes by the bitter grievances of their region, attacked a major symbol of the responsible empire.” In both cases the outrages were designed to detonate “larger, cataclysmic conflicts,” and they were “successful beyond the all imagining.”

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