"The movies set the pattern, and these people have copied the movies….How dare we continue to show this kind of mass destruction in movies?"

–Film director Robert Altman in an October 16 interview with the Associated Press, charging that Hollywood inspired the September 11 attacks

"A monopoly of organised violence is one of the defining powers of the modern state, achieved slowly and with difficulty. Now war, like so much else in the age of globalisation, has slipped out from the control of governments."

–John Gray, The New Statesman, 24 September 2001