A New Yorker’s view

Arthur Miller on a visit to Paris
OECD Observer

September 2001

Playwright Arthur Miller called the attacks a war against the human race. Speaking to a French daily, Le Monde, he said the attacks were by madmen in love with death. “It is so easy to destroy a town. The extreme vulnerability of New York with its towers, its bridges and its tunnels strikes me every time I cross the city.”

Mr Miller believes Americans will not make the mistake of falling into a trap of hatred against peoples or religions. He hopes they resist isolationism. “Nationalism and religion are just excuses. No doubt there were hundreds of Muslims among the victims…Our prosperity has always depended on exports…We need the world as much as the world needs us. Power also brings responsibility.” But humanity, he laments, can be a “terribly dangerous species”. Text translated from French.




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