Sontag was among the first to raise a dissenting voice after Sept. 11, 2001, in a controversial New Yorker magazine essay arguing that talk of an "attack on civilization" was "drivel."
She ignited a firestorm of criticism when she declared that the Sept. 11 attacks were not a "cowardly attack" on civilization but "an act undertaken as a consequence of specific American alliances and actions."
Of course the attacks were cowardly. It takes much more courage to look a man in the eye and pull the trigger than to terrorize innocent women and children and use a means of transportation to incinerate 3000 people. As more lefty icons die off, maybe rational "intellectuals" will see the light of American exceptionalism.