Power & powerlessness

Susan Sontag in the New Yorker (September 24) said that the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was the consequence of actions by "the world’s self-proclaimed superpower." Daniel Maguire of Marquette University writing in Catholic New Times (October 7) characterized the American response as "the vapid answer of an arrogant national culture which has lost its talent for healthy guilt." For some leftist critics...

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Dennis O’Brien, former president of the University of Rochester, is a longtime contributor to Commonweal.