can our ignorance be bliss?

Um . . . where do we stand with this right now? Is it so wrong to ask the questions? Instead, isn't it very wrong not to ask the questions?

Back in June, the columnist Bob Herbert predicted that there will be an investigation.

Eventually, almost certainly, a distinguished bipartisan commission will be convened to examine the conditions that led to the catastrophe of Sept. 11.

The Bush administration doesn't want this. And Republicans in Congress are fighting to prevent it. But it will happen.

Regardless of its length, the interval between September 11, 2001, and whatever day the investigation begins is simply a political move at best and criminal negligence, even a major crime, at worst. What is most important, more than blame or justice, worthy as those purposes are, is the avoidance of additional catastophe now and in the future. There's no excuse for further delay.

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Published on August 18, 2002 8:43 PM.

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