This Week in the News…

Posted: September 21, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Sunday, Sept. 16, New York Times

War Zone: What Price Liberty? The Clamor of a Free People

“‘A lot of Americans distrust difference of any kind,’ said Roger Wilkins, a professor of history at George Mason University and a longtime student of race and racism, ‘and Muslims have become even more of a designated “other” than blacks. We look at Muslims as dangerous aliens who won’t fit in and can’t fit in. One of the ways to speak back to the murderous people who attacked us and our values is for Americans to say we’re not going to have the equivalent of a red scare this time,’ Mr. Wilkins continued, but he conceded the challenge was daunting. ‘We’re calling the World War II generation the “greatest generation,” but what we’re called upon to do now is somewhat harder and much more complex,’ he said. ‘It’s going to take more emotional maturity than we’ve ever shown.'”

Monday, Sept. 17, Agence France-Presse

Internet Privacy at Threat after Terror Attacks, Experts Fear

“One such battleground is steganography, an ancient art of hiding a secret message inside an anodine one. Rumours abound on the Web that the suspected terrorists buried clandestine communications in pictures on pornography sites. ‘The more and more privacy comes up, the more I expect to see steganography used,’ Neil Johnson, associate director of George Mason University’s Center for Security Information Systems, told the Internet publication ‘The idea behind it has been around for centuries, but the computer and the Internet just gave it a shot in the arm.'”

Wednesday, Sept. 19, Wall Street Journal

Attacks’ Effect on Regional Outlook: Prospects Dim Across U.S., with Tourism States and Northeast Hit Hard

“Washington, D.C., will be hurt by cutbacks in its hospitality industry, which at $10 billion last year made up around 4% of its gross regional product. That loss could be tempered by new contracts for defense-related companies, which at $26 billion was 11% of the region’s output last year, according to Stephen Fuller, a public-policy professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

Wednesday, Sept. 19, Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)

Once Friends, Now Foes: Relationship with U.S. Spoiled after Cold War

“What followed was one of the most dramatic conflicts of the Cold War, a raging war of guerrilla battles that left 1 million Afghanis dead. It was, according to Mark N. Katz, a Central Asia expert at George Mason University, ‘one of the straws that finally broke the back of the Soviet Union.'”

Thursday, Sept. 20, Financial Times

Letters to the Editor: Terrorists Try to Provoke an Overreaction

By Richard Rubenstein, professor of conflict resolution and public affairs, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

“…provoking their enemy to declare war makes terrorists very powerful. The name of the game, from their perspective, is to ‘teach’ their people that discrete acts of violence by small groups of fighters willing to die for the cause can change history and redeem their endangered honour. Again, the effect is not to stamp out terrorism but to perpetuate it. For these reasons, among others, our leaders should immediately begin to tone down their rhetoric and abandon plans, if they have them, for massive retaliation. Commonsense and long-range concern for American security dictate that a military response be carefully measured, and that we then move on to confront the deeper causes of anti-American passion in the non-western world.”

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