Fear of the Dangers of Terrorism the Real Enemy


| 10/9/2014 9:19:00 AM


Tags: terrorism, middle east, tomdispatch,

U.S. capitol building 

In a way, ISIS is in Washington and every other American city thanks to the post-9/11 hysteria over the dangers of terrorism.

Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.

It happened so fast that, at first, I didn’t even take it in.

Two Saturdays ago, a friend and I were heading into the Phillips Museum in Washington, D.C., to catch a show of neo-Impressionist art when we ran into someone he knew, heading out. I was introduced and the usual chitchat ensued.  At some point, she asked me, “Do you live here?”

“No,” I replied, “I’m from New York.”