Sunday, March 25, 2007
The Washington Post today ran two interesting op/eds.
First, a blast from the past. Zbigniew Brzezinski (here), national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter and the author most recently of "Second Chance: Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower," writes that
The "war on terror" has created a culture of fear in America. The Bush administration's elevation of these three words into a national mantra since the horrific events of 9/11 has had a pernicious impact on American democracy, on America's psyche and on U.S. standing in the world. Using this phrase has actually undermined our ability to effectively confront the real challenges we face from fanatics who may use terrorism against us.
Where is the U.S. leader ready to say, "Enough of this hysteria, stop this paranoia"? Even in the face of future terrorist attacks, the likelihood of which cannot be denied, let us show some sense. Let us be true to our traditions.
It is noteworthy that Brezinski did not have the reputation for being a softy on national security issues.
Rachel E. Rosenbloom (here), a supervising attorney focusing on post-deportation human rights issues at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College, writes that "Every year, thousands of longtime, legal permanent residents are deported from the United States on the basis of criminal convictions without any opportunity to present evidence of their family ties, employment history or rehabilitation. Many are barred for life from returning to America." Rosenbloom joins the chorus of advoiocates criticizing the harsh impacts of the 1996 immigration reforms.