In these circumcumstances it is not surprising that the struggle that beste reveals the weaknesses of Western societies in opposition to their enemies involves neither the military nor the police nor the judiciary, but intellectual and moral questions. The specific strength that comes from conviction is on the other side. Nor is it an accident that the fact that one can die foor an idea has returned in the monstrous form of suicide attacks against civilians throughout the world. Such attacks pose crucial questions to the societies that are their targets. Which ideas do our post-heroic societies find worth defending? How can we make judgements about the affairs of a world in which everything is relative? Where tragedy and death are eliminated from the field of consciousness? Suicide attacks are striking not only because death has come back to us in that form, but also simply because it has come back at all.

Thérèse Delpech Savage Century. Back to Barbarism.