Michael F. O’Riley


On his book Cinema in an Age of Terror: North Africa, Victimization, and Colonial History

Cover Interview of May 15, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Reflection on the ways reciprocal victimization structures terrorism.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“I became interested in the ways that the terrorized and the terrorizing seemed to share the common desire to occupy the position of the victim—to be seen as the victim—as a way of justifying their victimization.”

On the second:

“The cultural and theoretical works I examine might demonstrate, in a larger sense, how our decision to adopt or renounce the victim’s position may be central to the perpetuation of a historical cycle of violence and opposition.”