What was most heart-wrenching for me last night and today was the way everyone in the media and politics has been straining to reiterate, over and over, again and again, ad nauseam, that by no means under any circumstances should we conclude or even entertain the possibility that, as the result of bin Laden's death, the war on terror is now over. And that's because we have invested too much in the war on terror for it ever to be brought to an end. It is now fully institutionalized and enculturated, if that's a word. It's been integrated into the military industrial complex, integrated into our sense of who we are, integrated into our elevated, hypersensitized need for a sense of safety, no matter what the cost, no matter what principles get compromised. That's the real and lasting tragedy of 9/11.