The day after 9/11, I remember sitting in school and listening to some of the reactions to it among other students (I was a sophomore in high school). One guy in the desk next to me was whooping it up about how we were going to "nuke the towelheads". I imagine the sentiment was shared throughout the country in various forms, and, I further imagine, so were the words. (Me? I was mostly just numb.)
Here we stand nine years later, winding down the resulting wars- plural- and we're still in the mood where we're having a national discussion about burning Korans on 9/11.
Fareed Zakaria is of the opinion that we just plain overreacted to 9/11.
Fareed is mistaken. The word 'overreacted' implies that we are no longer overreacting.