Letter to the editor: Destroying bonds

To the editor:

Remember 9/12/2001? I do. There was a vast international chorus of sympathy, support and shared outrage in response to the attacks on the United States the previous day. People in the streets of Paris were wearing signs that read “Je suis un Americain.” Ask yourself what the reaction of our traditional European and North American allies would be to a similar attack on the U.S. today. Probably just an awkward silence. That’s sad, but completely understandable. Bonds of trust and affection built over generations of shared sacrifice through two world wars, the Cold War and the “war on terror” can be destroyed before lunchtime, if it serves some domestic political purpose of the moment — even quicker using Twitter, if you’re in a hurry. To borrow from Humphrey Bogart, “Louis, I think this is the end of a beautiful friendship.”

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