The War Decade
I was on an American Airlines plane this year, on September 11, at 8:46 A.M.—the exact minute 10 years earlier when AA Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The pilot asked for a moment of silence and read the names of the crew members who died. It was a unifying and haunting moment for all of us on that lightly populated flight.
When I landed and checked out the news I had missed while traveling, I found an Internet war raging between right and left following a blog post by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who used the day to deride as a “deeply shameful…wedge issue” the response to 9/11 by President George W. Bush and New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. “Fake heroes,” Krugman called them. Conservative bloggers returned fire, with Townhall.com’s Guy Benson lambasting Krugman for “imputing your unquenchable political hatred…onto a nation that, at least for the moment, isn’t interested in your malignant divisiveness.”
About the Author
Michael M. Rosen is an attorney and writer in San Diego. He reviewed Stephen Carter‘s The Violence of Peace in the July/August 2011 issue.