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Sun Apr 28, 2013, 02:20 PM

The Lesson of Boston

Thereís also a danger built into the American experiment, the very nature of which leaves us exposed. Our rightly cherished diversity can make the challenge of belonging that much steeper. Our good fortune and leadership mean that weíll be not just envied in the world, but also reviled.

The F.B.I. averted its gaze from the older Tsarnaev brother after it couldnít find any conclusive alarms because thatís what the government is supposed to do, absent better information. We donít want it to go too far in spying on us. That means it will fail to notice things.

While we can and will figure out small ways to be safer, we have to come to terms with the reality that weíll never be safe, not with unrestricted travel through cyberspace. Not with the Second Amendment. Not with the privacy we expect. Not with the liberty we demand.

Thatís the bargain weíve made. Itís imperfect, but itís the right one.


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