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Many people--though, sadly, far too few of them public office-holders--cautioned in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 that we should treat the acts through a law-enforcement lens. That would allow us to demonstrate how a free society operates under duress, not by entrapping innocents in war but by dispensing justice tailored to where justice was due.

Instead, of course, we did precisely what the terrorists hoped for: we flexed the biggest muscles possible, confirming in the minds of political adversaries that we were just a big bully after all and deserved to be treated inhumanely. Bin Laden became an afterthought.

Sad to see, after new acts of terror, that Senator Graham has learned so little from such a bellicose folly. This is about much more than sating blood lust; it's about defining through our conduct who we _are_ as a nation--and how the rest of the world will perceive us.

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