Did we bring the attack on ourselves? This is not an idle question these days, but a seminal one, critical to all further discussion. Did we bring the attack on ourselves? Truth or Consequences by William Saletan in Slate cuts the concept of “consequentialism” to ribbons. Found via Matt Welch.
Some evidence of the changing world from Google.com. Google Searches Related to 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.
It’s always good to see what other people are saying. We’ve been blowing it in the intel department for years. That goes for our government and us. Time to read sources like Al-Ahram Weekly, an Egyptian paper, to see which way the wind is blowing. Inasmuch as they’re willing to write in English and post to the web, there’s a lot we can learn very cheaply about what the world thinks.
Simon Schama’s essay in the Guardian. “… the best, the only revenge, when you’re fighting a cult that fetishises death, is life.”
Read this and see if it annoys you as much as it annoyed me: Seumas Milne write in the Guardian They can’t see why they are hated. It’s good to read stuff like this, but that shouldn’t keep you from detesting it. I wonder if Mr. Milne thinks that the English simply don’t get why they are so disliked in Northern Ireland? Found via kottke.org.