September 11, 2003

In the Clear Morning of September 12, 2001

"A day cannot live in infamy without the nourishment of rage. Let�s have rage. What�s needed is a unified, unifying, Pearl Harbor sort of purple American fury�a ruthless indignation that doesn�t leak away in a week or two, wandering off into Prozac-induced forgetfulness or into the next media sensation (O.J. � Eli�n � Chandra �) or into a corruptly thoughtful relativism (as has happened in the recent past, when, for example, you might hear someone say, �Terrible what he did, of course, but, you know, the Unabomber does have a point, doesn�t he, about modern technology?�).

Let America explore the rich reciprocal possibilities of the fatwa. A policy of focused brutality does not come easily to a self-conscious, self-indulgent, contradictory, diverse, humane nation with a short attention span. America needs to relearn a lost discipline, self-confident relentlessness�and to relearn why human nature has equipped us all with a weapon (abhorred in decent peacetime societies) called hatred."

-- Lance Morrow: " The Case for Rage and Retribution" Time Magazine, 9/12/2001

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Dear Vanderleun,

Please join with us and bloggers around the world in supporting the Iranian people against a brutal fanatic terrorist clerical regime that continues to support terror and make problems for not only peace but also for American soldiers and others who are trying to assist the Iraqi people!

Join BLOG-IRAN at and help free the Iranian people... LETS BE THE VOICE when everyone else is SILENT!

In Unity & Struggle,

Posted by: Haleh at September 12, 2003 8:20 AM