Category 7. Foreign Policy

Difficult Choices

I sometimes ride my bicycle on a strikingly lovely road in a pretty town on Connecticut’s coast. The road has a long hill that I generally find myself riding up – so I ride slowly and have time to think. Most of the way to the top on the right sits a well-kept, prosperous-looking house that for years had a Jeep in the driveway with an attached, bright yellow snow plow; on the plow, prominently painted in black, were the words “Impeach Bush/Torture Cheney”.

I wonder about the attitudes, and the person, behind that slogan.

Presumably, the owner of the Jeep – and home – thought that President Bush was overstepping the line with the Patriot Act and the prison at Guantanamo Bay; as to Vice President Cheney, I guess he thought that the use of water boarding on three detainees was so horr...

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Terrorism and Radical Islam

One of my sisters lives in the Back Bay, quite close to the marathon’s finish line. She and my mother, who still lives in the suburbs near where we grew up, were discomfited by last week’s attacks. My sister hurt her knee in a fall during the lockdown and was unable to see a doctor for several days because she wasn’t allowed to leave her home. My mother spent those days dwelling on the many times in years past that she had watched one of my brothers participate in the race, and worrying about my sister’s knee; I spoke with her two nights ago and she still sounded tired and sad. The attack on innocents at the marathon struck deep chords in my family, in Boston, and in the nation as a whole.

In a sense, the terrorists chose their target very well...

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