In Time of War the Laws are Silent

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The following is an excerpt from the essay We need the rule of law, not the rule of war, published on Sept. 15, 2001, by James Carroll, just a few days after the 9/11 attacks. It was one of the best essays I read at the time, and almost 15 years later was clearly prophetic. Carroll could sense immediately where the War on Terrorism was going to take us….

“Do the rhetoric of war and the actions it sets in motion really serve the urgent purpose of stopping terrorism? And is the launching of war really the only way to demonstrate our love for America?

First, let me state the obvious. The nearly worldwide consensus that the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington must be met with force is entirely correct. The network of suicidal mass murderers, however large and wherever hidden, must be eliminated. But force can be exercised…

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