This Sunday will be the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack against New York’s world trade center, anniversary that Americans had the bad idea to call Patriot Day. Although this date is appropriate to remember that terrorism does not offer any reason to believe that it is a legitimate method of resisting towards oppression, it is also a good moment to question the society that seems to have appeared -to have been confirmed I should say- after this tragic day.
The Magazine Foreign Policy participates to this effort of questioning by releasing an article about Washington D.C.’s effort to protect its holy mall of memorials and monuments by placing an important amount of architectural obstacles around them since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
Of course here, architecture used as a (defensive) weapon is pretty obvious and nearly deceiving in the fact that it could be considered as such only on such extreme conditions, which, at the end of the day, concerns relatively little of our daily lives. However, one would be indeed deceived to consider those architectural elements as such. They constitutes the tip of the iceberg (and therefore are not uninteresting to observe) of the fortress built-up by the Western world to protect itself from any human intrusion that could make its well designed capitalist balance shaking.
See also the slide show, from which the following photographs are extracted. proposed by Foreign Policy.
Thank you Martin