A Nation On Edge

Politicians may flirt with reviving the draft, but they are too late; it's already happened. Some citizens willingly enlisted, some were conscripted, some gathered on Saturday to conscientiously object--but when Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge put the country on heightened alert, he began our basic training. Watch for men with nicks on their faces; they may be freshly shaved jihadists. Report suspicious bags. The soda bottle in the subway could be cyanide. France says it wants more weapons inspectors? We now have millions of them.

America has been one big neighborhood-watch group for 17 months, but this was only the...

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