Another response to Terrorism: "Good" vs. "Evil":
My thoughts on how America has been 9/11'ed to death:
In 100 years—maybe sooner—historians will deem 9/11 the most overblown and overrated event in American—maybe world—history. They'll point out that nothing changed for the better except replacing one bad Afghan government and a minor dip in terrorist activity. The only change in America will be more paranoia and insularity, more arrogance and unilateralism, more government controls and fewer civil rights. Bush will be recognized as an incompetent and dishonest extremist who stayed in office only because of his one-note warmongering.
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Tens of thousands of people die every day from disease, hunger, natural disasters, and war. Sorry to be cynical about it, but I don't find 3,000 American deaths more meaningful than 3,000 Chinese or Swiss or Rwandan deaths. All deaths are equally tragic to their loved ones. Few if any deaths are "special."
Most of the people who died in 9/11 were victims, not "heroes." The firefighters and rescue workers who died were about as heroic as firefighters and rescue workers everywhere. Do they all deserve a moment of respect? Yes. A weeklong orgy of self-congratulation? No.
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