March 23, 2006, - 12:30 pm

OUTRAGE: Two Boston Plays “Understand” the Terrorists

By Debbie Schlussel
With the momentous fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America less than a half year away, one thing is clear: We are as asleep as ever.
No, make that: as absurd as ever. Asleep would be bad enough. A story in yesterday’s Boston Globe makes it clear that there are far too many fools in America, who aren’t asleep. They’re aiding and abetting the enemy as much as ever.
The Globe writes about two new “documentary plays” (how the heck can a play be a documentary?) that humanize the terrorists–Robin Soans’ “Talking to Terrorists” and Marc Wolf’s one-man show, “The Road Home: Re-Membering America.”
While Wolf’s play doesn’t sound as bad as it could be, Soans’ theatrical presentation is an utter outrage. Read the Globe’s description, and if you are a patriotic American, you’ll surely agree there’s no accounting for good taste in the theaters, these days:

Soans, a London playwright, trains his eye on terrorists themselves.
“I wanted to give voice to people who are usually excluded,” says Soans. “Experts have an angle [when discussing terrorism], but real people don’t have an agenda. They talk about their experience.”

[DS: Al-Qaeda, HAMAS, Islamic Jihad, etc. don't have an agenda, Huh?]

From April 2004 until January of last year, Soans and his company, Out of Joint Theatre Company, interviewed 80 people involved with terror movements around the world – former terrorists, their victims, and the psychologists, diplomats, and journalists who attempt to make sense of the violence.

[DS: "Out of Joint Theatre Company"? More like "Smoked Too Many Joints."]

The resulting play, which premiered in England last year, uses the actual words of Soans’ interviewees, most vividly those of the Kurds, Palestinians, Irish, and Ugandans who, mired in an assortment of political struggles, felt they had no choice but to resort to terror. Child soldiers and hardened militia members confide their terrible actions and personal motivations. . . .
“When you hear their stories, and understand better why they did it, you’ll wonder if ‘terrorist’ is the right word to describe them, or if there were extenuating circumstances. You won’t use the word ‘terrorist’ again without thinking twice.”

Nauseating. Time to cancel this London terror-apologist playwright’s visa and put him on the no-fly list.
We hope neither of these plays got subsidies from the tax-funded National Endowment of the Arts or National Endowment of the Humanities. But we would not be surprised if they did.
Thanks to Reader Chip G. for the tip on this dramatic disgrace.

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2 Responses

Unfortunately, it appears that we will have to suffer a few more 9/11s before the message really sinks in. If I may be so bold, I would recommend a very high-powered catapult with Mr. Soans in it and then launched into the vicinity of Tehran.

DeBodine on March 23, 2006 at 2:52 pm

You call yourself a patriot and recommend censoring people that use their right to free speech?
Shame on you, Debbie. You are a traitor.

anon87873434 on March 23, 2006 at 10:35 pm

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