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December 02, 2005


R. Alex

So here's an interesting question that this has me trying to tackle: Would an American backlash be more or less difficult to muster if they carried out scores of smaller attacks (a la "Siege") or another large-scale one (a la 9/11)?

I'm inclined to think that the people would start getting more impatient with the former. But it's hard to say the kind of affect that another 9/11 would have on our psyche. The biggest example that comes to my mind is if they had bomed the levees in New Orleans.

In either case, though, I think those that are donating most of their concern to the enemy combatant detainees would be in for a pretty rude awakening should it become clear that tougher measures might have stopped the next attack.

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