-----Original Message-----
From: erwin welsch [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 7:02 PM
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Subject: Re: Eliot and the war on terrorism
I was trying to find something that Eliot wrote that echoed a columnist in this morning's NY Times.  In paraphrase, a Chinese army officer told the reporter protesting the oppression of a dissident that you will know why when you are faced with similar problems.  The reporter wondered whether terrorism would prove the officer correct and we would go the Chinese way.  Secret courts, unknown defendants, and indefinite incarceration are not the American way.  Are they?
They are not the way of democracy, but the battle to get democracy
to that point has been long and very hard fought. It could backslide
easily, especially in a time of fear, and fear bsed on a concrete event,
not just some hypothetical commie threat.