Interesting tidbit from Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of its Enemies, by Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit:
Most revolutions, religious, political, or combinations of both, are born in citites, as the brainchildren of disaffected city dwellers. Nikola Koljevic, to mention but one typical case, was a Shakespeare scholar from Sarajevo. He spent time in London and the United States. His English was fluent. He was a citizen of the most cosmopolitan place in the Balkans, a secular city of Bosnians, Serbs, Jews, and Croats, a city famous for its libraries, universities, and cafes, a city of learning and trade. Yet there he was, in the mid-1990s, watching his city burn from the surrounding hills. The orders to shell Sarajevo, in the name of ethnic purity and the "resurrection of Serbdom," had been signed by Nikola Koljevic, Shakespeare scholar.
I'm not sure how being a Shakespeare scholar makes one the epitome of urbanization or, for that matter, how the barbarism of the Serb nationalists could be termed a revolution (this book is filled with paragraphs that don't hold up under close inspection), but what I find interesting is why anyone would confuse intelligence or education with a moral sense, as if the former automatically demanded the latter.Posted by Ideofact at December 20, 2004 12:44 AM