Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Nine-Eleven Retrospective: "The fetters imposed on liberty at home have ever been forged out of the weapons provided for defense against real, pretended, or imaginary dangers abroad.

- James Madison, 1799

The process of transformation is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor.

- Project for a New American Century, Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces, and Resources for a New Century (September 2000)

Today's terror attacks were major atrocities...that this was a horrendous crime is not in doubt.The primary victims, as usual, were working people: janitors, secretaries, firemen, etc.It is likely to be a crushing blow to Palestinians and other poor and oppressed people.It is also likely to lead to harsh security controls, with many ramifications for undermining civil liberties and internal freedom...In short, the crime is a gift to the hard jingoist right, those who hope to use force to control their domains...The prospects ahead are even more ominous than they appeared to be before the latest atrocities.

- Noam Chomsky, September 11th, 2001

Think about "how do you capitalize on these opportunities?"

- Condaleeza Rice, White House National Security Adviser, to the United States National Security Council, September 12, 2001.

Through the tears of sadness, I see an opportunity.

- George W. Bush, September 14, 2001"

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