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Shock and Awe

In a society that sells hot drinks with cardboard barriers to avoid law suits, where safety regulations and legal disclaimers have been raised to a high art, does anything important ever happen the entails real risk and uncertainty? The mad extremism of our movies is only a way of looking for an ounce of danger in a society where risk no longer exists. Our ultimate triumph in Iraq may be certain, yet the potential for tragic setbacks is terrifyingly real. This shocks us, and awes us as well. It may also change us.

Stanley Kurtz — Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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