May 19, 2004

AUSTIN BAY, a columnist well-known to the blogosphere and also an Army reservist, is heading to Iraq and posts a goodbye column noting that “Everyone is Part of the War”:

For a short time, the U.S. Army will make me part of the minute-by-minute, ground-level effort in Iraq. I specify in Iraq, for every American, in some form or fashion, is part of this war. It is sad that some people do not realize that.

America’s wealth makes it easy to create the perception of distance, that “here” and “over there” aren’t intimately linked.

Bay’s column reminds me of what Rudy Giuliani said today to the 9/11 Commission:

Our enemy is not each other, but the terrorists who attacked us….
The blame should be put on one source alone, the terrorists who killed our loved ones.

Read both. And you can see Giuliani’s testimony on C-SPAN.

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