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September 8, 2005

The Symbolic Power of Fallujah


by Nir Rosen

On Sept. 6-7, 2005, the New America Foundation hosted "Terrorism, Security & America's Purpose," a policy forum featuring scholars, elected officials, intelligence experts, and journalists. A full list of speakers is available here.

Freelance journalist Nir Rosen has made quite a name for himself with his dispatches from Fallujah, Baghdad, Kabul, and other war zones. He has been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, Reason, The New Republic, the Asia Times, and elsewhere. Here he discusses the roots of Islamic and Arab anger at the West generally and the United States specifically, with an emphasis on the symbolic power of besieged Fallujah. Click here to watch the 8-minute video. (Requires Windows Media Player.)


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