God, The New York Times sucks! It just published an op-ed that equates John Brown’s raid on the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry with 9-11.
Here is the author, Tony Horwitz’ conclusion:
In 1859, John Brown sought not only to free slaves in Virginia but to terrorize the South and incite a broad conflict. In this he triumphed: panicked whites soon mobilized, militarized and marched double-quick toward secession. Brown’s raid didn’t cause the Civil War, but it was certainly a catalyst. It may be too early to say if 9/11 bred a similar overreaction.