Time Essay: The Freedom We Have Lost

British Author Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange, Beard's Roman Women), a longtime student of Italian affairs and sometime resident of Italy, offers his observations on the meaning of today 's terrorism and its implications for tomorrow:

When I was a soldier, I was taught: "If it moves, salute it. If it doesn't move, whitewash it." Today's militant, if unsoldierly extremists have a simpler philosophy: whether it moves or not, kidnap it. We have seen the kidnaping of a Goya, a Fellini film, the corpse of a great comedian, an Italian political leader. We are...

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