|from "A Great Wound,"
"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