From Where I Stand by Joan Chittister, March 24, 2006: "If there is such a thing as national neurosis, are we in it? Will public paranoia be the disease that defeats us in the end?
While we frisked little old ladies in wheelchairs in our airports on the grounds that they might be foreign agents, we would have allowed our commercial seaports to be serviced under the auspices of the very people we said we were trying to keep out of the country.
While we preached the fear of foreigners, we spied on our own.
While we assumed the right to invade the borders of every nation on earth, we tightened ours against the poor whose poverty came as a result of our wealth.
While we preached life, we practiced death in its name.
Has our hysteria reached the point where, like a blind giant, we are raging around the world swatting flies with a pile driver?"