Bottom line: We urgently need a national commission to look at all the little changes we have made in response to 9/11 - from visa policies to research funding, to the way we've sealed off our federal buildings, to legal rulings around prisoners of war - and ask this question: While no single change is decisive, could it all add up in a way so that 20 years from now we will discover that some of America's cultural and legal essence - our DNA as a nation - has become badly deformed or mutated?What we "urgently need" is an editor. Talk about "badly deformed or mutated"!
June 1, 2005
I was going to say something about the content of today's Tom Friedman column, but I've decided to say something about the form. Check out this sentence: