Time to put 9/11 in perspective
Joseph Ellis in an op-ed in the NYT looks at just how 9/11 changed everything. Certainly not for the better. He runs down the precedents and finds America lacking in perspective.
[I]t defies reason and experience to make Sept. 11 the defining influence on our foreign and domestic policy. History suggests that we have faced greater challenges and triumphed, and that overreaction is a greater danger than complacency.He's right. The unreasonable fear of terrorism, aided and abetted by the White House for political reasons, has turned the land of the free and the home of the brave into the land of secret domestic surveillance and the home of the cowering. I have to think the generations of men and women who fought and died over two centuries to keep us free, would not be proud of America today.