| from "A Great Wound," The
"This is a pivotal moment when we should reconsider
our posture toward the world and examine the true burdens
and obligations of acting like an empire awesomely more
powerful than any others and answerable to no one. To
maintain international order, our military occasionally
intervenes in what, for us, are meant to be casualty-free
wars. Our economic order claims to spread democracy by
imposing its own self-interested rules on poorer nations.
Yet, as we learned and should have already understood,
this great country is vulnerable too, beyond imagination.
Whoever planned this vicious attack must have calculated
that the United States is at a fragile juncture, its great
prosperity sinking and uncertain leaders in power. They
probably intended an unraveling, both of financial markets
and the national confidence."