thoughts on the war on terror
I don't know if I'll succeed, but I'll try to keep this short. I read this WaPo story that reminded me of something about the 9/11 attacks: although thousands died, the casualties weren't all fatalities. Louise Kurtz, who was on her second day of the job at the Pentagon when it was attacked, has been suffering for (almost) a year with horrific burns caused by superheated air from exploding jet fuel. The one-time craft enthusiast lost both hands as a result of her injuries and is in constant pain. (Mad props to her husband, too, who shows us quite a different kind of heroism. My hat is off to you, sir.)
You simply can't read a story like that without feeling angry. Reading about Kurtz's suffering inspires righteous anger at the scum who did this to her. (And what's the deal with her retirement benefits? I certainly hope that it's all just slow beureaucratic reaction and that an equitable exception will be found for people like her.)
But I think it's important that the action be directed toward the people responsible: Osama bin Laden, his odious gang of al Qaeda thugs, and the states that support them.