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A Wiser America

by Naomi Wolf, Lew Rockwell:

When America absorbed the bombings at the Boston Marathon, what was striking was what did not happen. Twelve years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, the country was saddened, but it was also better informed.

There was little of the rampant jingoism, get-them-at-all-costs bloodlust, constant speechifying, and flag-waving that followed the 2001 attacks. Perhaps most remarkable was the absence of reflexive Islamophobia and of the willingness to fight any war – even the wrong war in the wrong country for the wrong reasons – against the supposedly culpable “other.”

Instead, this time, Americans’ sadness was mingled with cynicism and suspicion. The country is warier of being manipulated. While Americans certainly mourn the dead and support the city of Boston, there has been a kind of penetration into the national consciousness that, after the 2001 attacks, America’s leaders used the bogeyman of terrorism to encroach on individual rights, fund almost every conceivable domestic-security boondoggle, and advance the self-interested agendas of the defense and surveillance industries.

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3 comments to A Wiser America

  • Johnny

    Well, most of the Americans I spoke with have not learned THAT much. Nope. They thought the lockdown of Boston was completely justified and necessary.

    “U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A….”

  • Douglas Stone

    My problem with Naomi Wolf is if you drill done deep enough you find a government apologist and a defender of Israeli war policy and genocide.

    No … not fooled by Naomi Wolf.

  • Mr M

    She still seems to not understand anything…maybe she will after America is officially a police state, but I doubt it, denial rules.

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