September 25, 2006 | The Nation

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September 25, 2006

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Pluto's demotion from a planet to a dwarf isn't the work of
mean-spirited Grinches. It is a necessary part of the same process that
got Pluto discovered in the first place.

Five years after the attack, Americans are impatient and angry about what has been done in their name. Our national tragedy is not September 11 but the war in Iraq, an agony that promises to go on for years.

The most effective response to terrorism involves nonmilitary actions in cooperation with the global community and within a framework of domestic and international law.

The Bush Administration's illegitimate use of renditions,
disappearances, torture and an illegal war has fostered the growth of a
loose-knit global band of fanatics willing to do unspeakable violence
against us.

Valerie Plame was no CIA paper-pusher. She was searching out intelligence on Iraq's weapons of
mass destruction.

The fifth anniversary of 9/11 prompts grief and sadness, but also
anger. We must free ourselves from the idea that the "war on terror" is
an organizing principle for our foreign policy.



President Bush was correct when he said that not since the cold war has the nation been so tested. But the test lies not in the terror threat but in his Administration's incompetence.


If we really want to understand the Muslim world, we should start by
acknowledging that today's "fascists" were yesterday's freedom fighters.

August Bebel once called anti-Semitism the socialism of fools. These days, the 9/11 conspiracy fever is fast becoming the "socialism" of the left.


Warren Bell honed his reputation writing sitcoms and lobbing politically
incorrect bombs for National Review Online. Now he's Bush's nominee for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's board of directors.

How conservative zealot David Horowitz produced and promoted ABC's flawed docudrama, The Path to 9/11.

As Taliban fighters clash with thinly spread NATO forces across Afghanistan and "suicide cell" claims lives daily in Kabul, hope is fading that the country can avoid descending into chaos.

It's no wonder so many Americans are examining alternative explanations that range from the plausible to the absurd.

What if the Twin Towers hadn't collapsed? Would the Bush Administration have so easily advanced its fear-inspired "war on terror" without the images that played on a culture's secret fears?

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is now using his public image,
burnished by 9/11, to conceal crooked business deals and reap handsome
profits from a national tragedy.

Since September 11, the Bush Administration has repeatedly exploited
the threat of terrorism for political ends, from dirty bombs to sleeper
cells to electoral politics.

In Brooklyn, a beleaguered Arab-American community copes with bigotry
and heightened government scrutiny post-9/11.

Arab Americans are experiencing something similar to McCarthy-era
redbaiting, but the cold war performed better on racial justice than
Bush's "war on terror."

Books & the Arts


Andy Warhol's eye for significant banality transformed the familiar into art. Ric Burns's new American Masters documentary traces the roots of Warhol's smirking genius.


Reviews of Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles,
Hollywoodland and This Film Is Not Yet Rated.


A new memoir by Robert Hughes reveals the idiosyncratic sensibility of a celebrated art critic.


Gautam Malkani's new novel explores the cross-section of youth culture,
heritage and identity in London's polyglot, postcolonial


Caroline Finkel's new book, Osman's Dream, explores the rise and calamitous fall of the Ottoman Empire.


Director Of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte gives details.