Exaggerated fear of outside enemies has always been part of the American political landscape. The “nation of immigrants” was traditionally regarded as a refuge from danger. The evil outside world should not be able to touch the Land of the Free. When it does – Pearl Harbor, September 2001 – all hell breaks loose.
Professor and Author Ian Baruma on how the American government and other authorities respond to homegrown terrorism.
To read more, check out Ian’s featured article “America’s Enemy Within” over at Project-Syndicate.