long text follows,the piece does not necessarily match my own views.
By Christopher Hitchens Posted Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at 7:21 AMhttp://www.slate.com/id/2303013
A decade after 9/11, it remains the best description and most essential fact about al-Qaida.
The proper task of the "public intellectual" might be conceived as the responsibility to introduce complexity into the argument: the reminder that things are very infrequently as simple as they can be made to seem. But what I learned in a highly indelible manner from the events and arguments of September 2001 was this: Never, ever ignore the obvious either. To the government and most of the people of the United States, it seemed that the country on 9/11 had been attacked in a particularly odious way (air piracy used to maximize civilian casualties) by a particularly odious group (a secretive and homicidal gang
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