- The Washington Times - Monday, September 17, 2001

Press stress
"As the enormity of Tuesday's attack on Manhattan continues to sink in, journalists are beginning to show the deep emotional strain of witnessing and reporting on the horror. Psychiatrists and grief experts warn that journalists should make sure they have an outlet for their emotions; all four of the Manhattan-based dailies are offering grief counseling.
"It's going to be needed. As reporters, editors, and writers come up for air some have been working for days straight with little rest more are going to feel the emotional impact of being so close to extreme tragedy.
"'I feel like a zombie,' said a Wall Street Journal reporter. 'I close my eyes, and I see people jumping out of the building.' The Journal's offices were located in the shadow of the World Trade Center towers, and many members of the paper's newsroom were in the office during the attacks Tuesday morning. The Journal, the New York Times, the New York Post and the Daily News of New York all had people crying in the newsroom on Thursday. And all four are offering counseling to employees."
Seith Mnookin, writing on "As Journalists in and Around Ground Zero Feel Strain and Sorrow, Papers Provide Counseling," Friday in Inside at www.inside.com

Future war
"Have we finally advanced to the point where the dreams of the technological utopians will be realized at last? Will warfare now become a relatively bloodless affair directed by a handful of nerds safely ensconced in offices thousands of miles from the scene of the battle? Will America be able to punish its enemies at no risk to itself? Perhaps.
"But more likely, America's very reliance on high technology will encourage foes to fight in such a way that prevents us from bringing our weapons system to bear in the first place, much as the Viet Cong did. Any foe, assessing America's strengths and weaknesses, would quickly zero in on our greatest vulnerability: our aversion to casualties. Kill a few of them and the Yankees go home. … The somewhat hysterical official reaction to the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen last year can only reinforce this notion. …
"There is only one way to purge such extreme casualty-avoidance attitudes: to enter a war, suffer some casualties, and not flinch."
Max Boot, writing on "Envisioning a future of casualty-free pushbutton wars? Get over it," in the October/November issue of the American Enterprise

'The viper's nest'
"For too long when terrorist attacks have happened, it seems America's first interest has been to please our friends, and then if permitted, punish our enemies.
"After yesterday and from here on out that must be reversed. America's first interest must be to punish our enemies, then, if possible, please our friends.
"Our response should not only be swift, it must be sustained. … Too often in the past, terrorist attacks have not been answered as forcefully as they should have. There's been indignation, even outrage. There's been wringing of hands and sad talk. We've shaken our collective heads in dismay, sighed over our cocktails, then went home, ate dinner and went to bed, feeling safe and secure that it's not going to happen here. That it's not going to happen to us.
"Well, it has happened to us. It has happened here. …
"We must strike the viper's nest. … We know that the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan has nurtured Osama bin Laden for years. This diabolical plot was probably hatched there. Certainly similar plots have been and it's time for us to respond.
"I say, bomb the hell out of them. If there's collateral damage, so be it. They certainly found our civilians to be expendable."
Sen. Zell Miller, Georgia Democrat, in a Senate speech Wednesday

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