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A dear friend, a conservative who backs President Bush and the war on Iraq, writes to say he can’t quit thinking about certain aspects of yesterday’s Columbia disaster (e.g., it happened over Texas, one of the astronauts was Israeli, indeed an Israeli who helped destroy Saddam’s nuclear reactor in 1981, etc.), and that they are not just a coincidence, but some kind of Sign. A portent of some sort. Do you believe in such things? I hear more and more things like this, a suspicion shared by intelligent, non-nutty people, and not necessarily religious people either, that Something Is Up. My friend says he keeps thinking about this 1998 essay by Peggy Noonan, which Opinion Journal republished right after 9/11.


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