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?
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
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.
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.
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.
World Trade Center's hero is a tough ex-Marine who later
re-enlists to fight in Iraq. But his (and Oliver Stone's) redemption
narrative is soured by bad faith.
From all official statements so far, the August 10 terror plot
uncovered in Britain was the biggest thing since 9/11. But
then again, perhaps it wasn't. It's not too early to ask the questions
on which a final judgment must depend.
Investigators have known for a decade about terrorist plots to bring down passenger jets with liquid explosives. So why, all of a sudden, did Bush ban most liquids on flights?
Hysteria over the barbarians at the gate has destroyed republics from
Rome to Germany. A new book explains why Bush's post-September 11
America may meet a similar fate.