October 12, 2001
Why Innocence Matters
"How awful to kill so many innocent people!"
The thought occurred to millions on September 11. But not to everyone. Not to jubilant Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank and Lebanon. Not to Islamic haters of the U.S. Not, presumably, to Osama bin Laden.
To most people around the world, ordinary workers showing up at their office buildings in the morning -- as they do in cities everywhere -- count as paradigmatically innocent. That's why most people condemn last month's mass murder