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Art history and the attack

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From: Peri Yanez (perigraphics_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Sep 19 2001 - 06:37:04 PDT


The attack has been a great opportunity to challenge
students on several levels. One: gaining information
about Islamic art. Two: making an assertion about what
patterns in a random selection exhibit Islamic
influence. Support your assertion with observation
and fact. This has given me an opportunity to study
Afghanistan, and the other Arab nations in more detail
through my encyclopedia. Also, I thought I heard a
reporter state this was the only attack of America
outside of Pearl Harbor. Looking up the War of 1812 I
read that the White House and Capitol were burned by
the Brits on September 11, 1814. Is this a time of
sleeping by the American people?
Based on Islamic art, we know Arab Moslims have a
fascination with infinite pattern. They discovered the
irrational number PI by experimenting with
relationships of parts of the circle to the whole.
Since then the infinite geometric pattern and
irrationality has been a regular obsession for Middle
Eastern terrorists. For instance out of 4 planes,
don't you think they only had 3.14 to 4 success with
their mission? The President thinks they have
something planned for September 22. Also, the
patterns, based on intertwining patterns, and often a
12 pointed circle are symmetrical. From the French
occupation of Algeria, and subsequent militant
terrorist actions of leaders poetically versed has
played itself out over and over again. History since
Islam's beginning points to this infinite pattern of
irrational actions, bent mostly on keeping their
culture from becoming immeshed in serving a dominant,
affluent culture, Rome, France, and now the terrorists
perceive America. Socialist control of the country,
nationalization of banks promotes terrorist action,
not only in the middle east but in Cuba....
Putting art history together with recent and past
military history is how we can learn how cultures, and
individual think and plan their actions. W

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