Caught on Tape

Friday, February 12, 2010


For years, UC Davis religious studies professor Flagg Miller has been translating and transcribing hundreds of audio cassette tapes that were found in Osama bin Laden’s compound shortly after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. Miller says that more than 200 voices are on those tapes, many of them mujahedeen who were involved in planning attacks in the years leading up to September 11th.

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Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

Now, what Prof. Flagg's work here reminded me of were tapes I have heard of Kennedy Administration discussions of public crisis, then, and of a recent program on PBS wherein they replayed and spent quite a bit of time analyzing Robert Kennedy's speech the night of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination and his quoting, of all things, Aeschylus to quite a different effect than Bin Laden's.

Another Newshour segment reported on a project using readings from the Greek poetic playwrights' work to large groups of troops returning from combat to (and this is my opinion, here) help ward off the worst aspects of PTSD through what became and amount to group psychotherapy session. Brilliant!

So, perhaps it is time to fight verses on airborne horses ridden by warriors with flaming scimitars with those about both loss and community.

Feb. 18 2010 10:56 AM

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