8America at the Choice Point

IT IS AGAINST THE BACKGROUND of the history of empire and the greatness of Rome that it must be noted that the decisions being made by the Bush administration are almost all with specific reference to a very finite event: the trauma of September 11, 2001. Both the attack and the subsequent war on terrorism characterize the present American moment and predominant focus of the U.S. government. Historical legacies and global complexities are being viewed through the very narrow lens provided by a single experience.

Is there any way that this occasion can be a gateway to the larger issues? This is a difficult task because the wounds of September 11 continue to be quite raw, particularly in the American psyche. The initial ...

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