Wednesday, September 20, 2006
We weasel watchers, as you know, vote each week on two categories of the week's best writing: one winner selected from posts by members of the Watcher's Council, and another non-Council winner from posts anywhere on the web. This week's winning Council post was by Matt Barr of the Socratic Rhythm Method, Your chance of dying in a terrorist attack:
He makes some great points and it's well worth reading the whole thing.
There's a chance, I acknowledge, that the people who compare their chance of dying in the next terror attack to their chance of dying of avian flu have a non-selfish point to make, about perspective and allocation of effort and resources. To the extent they sound maddeningly unserious, that's my fault for overstating the terror threat. Fine. We've already established that they're smarter than I am.
But maybe on the fifth anniversary of the attacks, we can take some time to mull over whether September 11 might have been important for reasons beyond the threat to our individual lives. The awe and horror, the hole ripped in the New York skyline, the stories of phone calls from the planes, the heroism of the passengers of Flight 93.
Second place was a tie between Soccer Dad and Shrink Wrapped. Soccer Dad wrote about various 9/11-related aspects of ideology in a post called Three Strands Not Easily Broken, while Shrink Wrapped weighed in with another 9/11 piece called 9/11 Ambiguities
The non-Council results also featured a tie -- a big one. The single winning non-Council post was And At Night, I Dream Of You... by Villainous Company, a tribute to 9/11 victim Lydia Estelle Bravo. Second place, however, was split four ways:
- Ten Reasons Why the West Will Lose the War on Terror (the pessimist’s view) by TMH Bacon Bits
- Countdown To 9/11: My Days With The Dead by Olah Chadasha at Greetings From French Hill.
- The Shadow of Our Hand by Wretchard of Belmont Club
- A General Theory of Just About Everything by Jonathan Rosenbloom at Cross-Currents
Another worthwhile site to check out if you're looking for a great collection of the week's finest posts all in one place is Haveil Havalim, the Jewish Blog Carnival. This week's host was Greetings From French Hill -- who was coincidentally also one of the top posts in this week's Watcher's Council voting, so congratulations are in order for a terrific week. Stop by and check out the 87th edition of this carnival, Haveil Havalim #87 - Chicken Soup for the Brain. Enjoy.