In turbulent times, chaos grows from the barrel of a gun

Police officers storm Asama-Sanso lodge in February 1972 after the building was destroyed with an iron ball. | THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT/ VIA KYODO

Those old enough to remember 1972 have a significant 50th anniversary to look back on, though maybe not to celebrate. A collective madness was in the air. Youth revolted against it scarcely knew what, for it scarcely knew what. Revolt itself was good, revolt for its own sake, the more violent the better. Violence proved

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