Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Another Musing Questioning Was It Worth It?

On Monday, I compiled a couple of posts about the cost of the war on terror. The Madville Times correctly reminded all of us pyrrhic  needs to be an active part of our vocabulary.

Writing for Tapped at the American Prospect, Jamelle Bouie illustrates another cost.  First she points out that 66% of those who used Yahoo to ask "who is Bin Laden" are between the ages of 13-17.  That ignorance doesn't trouble her, however.  Instead she finds,
 . . . . it's sobering; not because it reveals anything profound about our educational system or the attacks on 9/11, but because it points to an absolute truth: for each generation, America is a very different place, and the America we lost on 9/11 -- the America that didn't profile citizens, torture people, or monitor their phone calls -- isn't even a distance memory for the children and teenagers of today's America.
In a sense, you could call this evidence of bin Laden's victory; our children might forget his name, but they'll grow up in a country shaped by his actions.
In case you've forgotten, a pyrrhic victory "is a victory with devastating cost to the victor; it carries the implication that another such victory will ultimately cause defeat."

(HT Big Boy Blogger Andrew Sullivan)

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