The Culture of Fear

Zbigniew Brzezinski, as I’ve said before, is an unlikely crooner to please my ear, but he’s done it again with this piece in the Washington Post. (reg. req.)

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.

Fear obscures reason, intensifies emotions and makes it easier for demagogic politicians to mobilize the public on behalf of the policies they want to pursue

The culture of fear is like a genie that has been let out of its bottle. It acquires a life of its own — and can become demoralizing. America today is not the self-confident and determined nation that responded to Pearl Harbor … We are now divided, uncertain and potentially very susceptible to panic in the event of another terrorist act in the United States itself.

[thx to TaylorMarsh.com]

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