‘David Hume’ misses the point

Read the comment. Then read the post above it.

Who wrote the comment? We may never know – names aren’t registered, and anyone could have decided to use that handle. But it’s not exactly a commonly-chosen nom de plume. Could it have been used to embarrass the person who most generally goes by that name? Perhaps.

8 Responses to “‘David Hume’ misses the point”

  1. Chris T Says:

    The celebration we saw was in part due to all of those points. Although what we as a country have done over the past decade cannot be undone, we can now at least begin to move on.

    The War on Terror had its emotional end on Sunday and will steadily cease to be the focal point around which we’ve structured our society and culture around.

    His death won’t ‘fix’ the country, but it was necessary to begin.

    • I don’t accept that argument. The worst fallout from the 9/11 attacks was entirely self-inflicted. And while it’s not clear to me whether that act of terrorism made up abandon various important ethical princples or merely caused us to abandon them more broadly and publically, OBL’s life or death had nothing to do with putting us back on the right track IMO.

      If you take liberty and restricted government power seriously, as Balko certainly seems to, it seems grossly improper to be castigated for not permitting people a day in which they can ignore the harm our actions have done to how our society manifests those principles.

      • Chris T Says:

        This is partially a generational thing to.

        9/11 and the War on Terror has defined my generation’s entire adult lives. Osama, by being the most visible face of the attacks, came to represent (consciously or unconsciously) the fear and uncertainty of the era. By killing him in the way it was done, it became not simply an assassination, but the symbolic destruction of what he represented. We still have to deal with the consequences of 9/11 and our reaction, but my generation has effectively been freed by the shadow of September 11.

        Keep in mind that the “War on Terror” was never a formal war, but a state of mind, much as the “War on Crime” was. Terrorism is simply a tactic and can only be managed. Such a state of mind requires a focal point to be effective, Osama was that focal point.

        While it won’t change the past and things will never be the same as they were before 9/11, terrorism will steadily fall into the background as a driving force for the United State’s actions. I think over time, sanity will return.

      • You’re all too right, I fear. But I note that The War on Crime didn’t involve sending troops into other countries.

        Sanity may return, but legal precedents are much harder to abolish. Let’s hope things turn out as you expect them to.

  2. Chris T Says:

    Ironically, Osama could have achieved a total victory of sorts by dying anonymously in a cave somewhere. By dying as he did, he has removed the main driving force behind our self inflicted wounds.

    The United States took a huge blow to its self confidence and sense of security on 9/11 and acted as a wounded animal. By making Osama the personification of terrorism and fear, killing him became the only way the US could have ever found its balance again.

    • I make no particular claim regarding conspiracies, but there does seem to be something odd about how we handled OBL’s death.

      Or our leaders are being idiots again.

      The hope I cling to is that they act like idiots to provide a smokescreen for the actual conspiracies. It’s far more comforting than the thought that the people running the show really are that foolish.

  3. Did you say earlier you were going to quit reading Razib? You’ve posted a number of comments at his blog since then.

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