NHoey commented on the blog post Krugman is Right: We Should Be Ashamed of What Happened after 9/11
OBL won. Because we reacted in the ways he expected. Probably way beyond what he dared hope for. America should have shrugged, downplayed and marginalized terrorism and terrorists, thus neutralizing how terrorism leverages itself into having far bigger impact than it otherwise could. Instead we completely freaked out and have spent and sacrificed ourselves, our principles, our wealth, in exactly the ways OBL hoped for.
I will never understand our outrage. How we can justify putting the ultimate value on the 9/11 victims lives but utterly discount the deaths of so many more innocents elsewhere by our actions and policies. I’m unable to make the cognitive disconnect required for the term “collateral damage”.
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