The Baader Meinhof Complex

I watched the Baader-Meinhof Complex on a whim today. It was a 2.5 hour movie that I kept hoping would never end, a voyeuristic ride into the madness and allure of anarchy and terrorism.

Anything Al Qaeda does now? The Baader-Meinhof Group did it in the 70s.

It was the last of attempted Western revolutions. Some say that youth today have the same anger, disappointment and fatal idealism that could once again lead to this kind of violent action. Perhaps it was finally recognized as a failed venture? It happened all over the world, at the same time: Weather Underground, Red Army in Japan, in Italy, the Black Panthers.

What stopped violent overthrow from succeeding then? Maybe there are lessons to be used today.

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