">Posted by: Jason Ross at September 12, 2003 09:04 AM

Another fine example of slapping us all in the face with the truth. And you're basically right too, about the desirability of doing the same old lame ass shit, I mean. Excellent piece.

Some quibbles though. Our lives have moved on, but it seems our government and president might want to encourage a little more citizen participation/empowerment and a little less idiotic frisking at airports, etc. Also, this return to normalcy seems to me the result of taking some actual, you know, action overseas, and not just in Afghanistan & Iraq. See Toronto Globe & Mail piece.

Posted by: Lloyd at September 12, 2003 10:08 AM

True, that we are not being asked to sacrifice as much as in previous crises. The most notable crisis accompanied by sacrifice was the crisis of WWII, in which we fought for the survival of the nation.

In this war or crisis, we are fighting for the safety and security of our civilian population. Justified though it is, losing it would not result in the downfall of The USA as a nation. The terrorist enemy can injure and maim the nation but, because they lack the resources of a soverign nation, can never defeat it. Therefore, it is not necessary for us to sacrifice as much as our WWII forebearers did.

Posted by: doug purdie at September 12, 2003 10:10 AM

I was following the story pretty well until the line about the Bush Administration and finding our own strength. It would seem you had made the exact opposite argument, that our inability to fundamentally change had led us from one callamity to another, and that our collective indifference only puts us at risk of bigger and greater callities, such as 9/11.

Posted by: Garrison at September 12, 2003 12:59 PM

Good column, Matt! It contrasts nicely with Mark Helprin's view:


Have fun with your recording and add a fourth chord to the truth!

Posted by: Christopher at September 14, 2003 07:13 AM
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