Peggy Noonan's weekly editorial is one of her finest works in recent memory. She is an excellent writer and a wonderful, reasonable mind, and I always like her. But this week she was able to articulate many of the feelings I've been experiencing in the wake of this terrible tragedy. As she manages to do with most everything in life, she finds some good in a gnarled, churning ocean of bad.
I recommend you click the link and read the whole piece; it would be worth your five minutes.
"The biggest story of 2004 has come, has not yet gone, and will be with us for some time. Two thousand five begins on Saturday. For the new year, two thoughts. Remember it can all be swept away in a moment, so hold it close and love it while you've got it. And may we begin 2005 pondering how much we have in common, how down-to-the-bone the same we are, and how the enemy is not the guy across the fence but the tragedy of life. We should try to make it better. We should cut to the chase."Yes. I will try to make it better.