PerspectiveOver at the Volokh conspiracy a conversation as fascinating and disturbing as a freeway accident is going on about Guantanamo Bay. One of the sentiments I find most curious is this one:
well, we didn't remain pristine or faultless in past wars which were essential to the survival of the nation. WWII and the Civil War spring to mind.
When was it precisely that terrorist groups gained as much power as Hitler did in World War II? Six years later a single terrorist strike apparently has been enough to convince that the armies of darkness are amassed at our gates, ready at any instant to destroy us.
Apparently terrorism worked.