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I never thought I'd find myself saying this, but...Friedman has a point.

Well, only one, and it doesn't obscure that the OTHER point is the one on his head, the one that coined the term "Friedman Unit". He's a blithering idiot, but even a stopped Friedman is right once a day.

The valid point is that unless you turn the entire U.S. into a much more intrusive and coercive surveillance state - which isn't to say that we HAVEN'T let ourselves become a hell of an intrusive surveillance state - that the sort of mortal violence that took the lives and the futures of the people in Boston will happen. The degree to which we have allowed ourselves to become sheep out of terror of some raggedy-assed jihadis is, in itself, pitiable. The degree to which we'd have to become chattel to prevent something like a Boston bombing is horrific to contemplate.

Now, as to the Mustache of Obliviousness' insistence in "wiping away the blood"? THAT's just the sort of foolishness that makes Friedman such an immense fool.

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