We mourn the victims of the World Trade Center attack. Their pictures cover the subway walls. We mourn the firefighters, as well we should. But we are blind to those whom we and our allies in the Middle East have crushed or whose rights have been ignored for decades. They seem not to count.

"The principle of the movement is whoever is not included is excluded, whoever is not with me is against me, so the world loses all the nuances and pluralistic aspects that have become too confusing for the masses," wrote Hannah Arendt in The Origins of Totalitarianism.

Chris Hedges, War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning