The Big One-Off
James Taranto, writing from "Ground One", the Dow-Jones building that neighbors the remains of the World Trade Center notes that our success in the War On Terror is what, seemingly paradoxically, emboldens its critics:
It was often said at the time that 9/11 changed everything. That turns out to have been an exaggeration. One thing it did not change is elite liberal opinion--as represented by the press, academia and the Democratic Party--which has fallen back on the adversarial attitudes it developed in the late Cold War era, which is to say the era of Vietnam, Watergate and their aftermath.In his segment of a National Review Online symposium on 9/11, James Lileks writes:
If 9/11 had been followed by 10/17, 11/02, 12/24, the Smallpox Epidemic of í02, the EMP blackouts of í03, and so much promiscuous anthrax distribution that mailmen tottered around in Hazmat suits on the hottest day of July, America would look quite different. But the other shoe didnít drop ó or rather, Richard Reid was KOíd before he could light it ó and consequently we donít look at the paper for news about the latest attack. We look at the ads in the paper for news about plasma-TV sales.That sort of world would render 9/10-style statements such as this even more superfluous than they actually are today.
Update: Bryan at Hot Air writes:
Five years on, the most striking change I see having taken place is the stridence and apparent insanity of war critics. We were attacked on by a brutal enemy on 9-11, a fact they either dismiss or refuse to acknowledge and understand. The actual changes to civil liberties have been marginal and donít compare to what Lincoln or FDR did to civil liberties in the course of war. But in this war a coalition of Stalinists, mainstream lefties, some on the right, jihadis, moderate Muslims, cranks and kooks has blown its irrational fears of our own leadership out of all proportion and made 9-11 denial acceptable. They have made it more acceptable to hate Bush and Cheney than bin Laden and Zawahiri. On Fox News, Alan Colmes can say that he is agnostic about what happened on 9-11 and be back the next day to criticize Bush, as though what he had said he night before didnít qualify him for the looney bin.Fortunately, they can escape into "the most serious crisis ever confronting human civilisation", as the ultimate 9/10 man recently boasted.
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