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Loge23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 03:25 PM
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8. What we have become.
I have no desire to wade into conspiracy theories about this incident. However, I have absolutely no reason to think that we are being told the truth about what happened - or ever will.
Perhaps even more perplexing than the nearly 10 year, by-way-of-Iraq, manhunt for this guy is the final chapter. He is dead - that I do believe. But the manner in which this story is being told - and covered for that matter - is all too indicative of what we have become since 9-11 (arguably since Jan. 2001).
We used to believe in the trust of our government - good, bad, or indifferent. That ship has clearly sailed.

Writing in the Miami Herald, Leonard Pitts had some pretty good observations about this:

"I think of you often, Sam. I think of you when I throw away bottled water and shuffle through airport security in stocking feet. I think of you when I see metal security barriers rise out the street in Washington, D.C., or concrete planters barricading federal buildings. I think of you when some lawmaker suggests we bomb Mecca or some state feels compelled to legislate against sharia law. I think of you when I see what my country has become.

You made us something we were not on Sept. 10. You made us afraid. You tapped that rich seam of paranoia and intolerance that has always lurked in the American psyche. You changed us for the worse."
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