Why are we not surprised that the New York Times has inspired Sally Kohn to tell the rest of us not to do something? The Times’ Alan Cowell seems very concerned that, in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist massacre and hostage crisis, France, which is planning to deploy 10,000 troops to guard against further terrorist attacks, is teetering on the edge of (over)reacting in a frightening, Bush-like manner:
The display of muscle by a government likely to face mounting questions about its failure to prevent the killings recalled the mood in the United States after the Sept. 11 attacks, when the authorities embarked on a broad front of measures to tighten security and provide legislation for more intrusive surveillance.
And it comes at a time when the United States is engaged in intense soul-searching, touched off in part by the release of a searing Senate report on the torture of terrorism suspects, over whether it turned itself into a garrison state after Sept. 11, 2001.
On the plus side, though, French President Francois Hollande has not endorsed any sort of Patriot Act, “reflecting his country’s longstanding aversion to what has been depicted as overly draconian American measures to protect national security.”
The lesson to be learned from France, then, is to be careful not to infringe on liberty.
As our president once told the United Nations, the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. A few tweeters, however, remember when Kohn was happy to pass along this art piece that the Huffington Post didn’t hesitate to publish.