Neocons and fear
Every now and then I see comments here made by people who assume that my post-9/11 change was quick, and was prompted by fear at the event itself. The comments tend to be on the order of "You cowardly idiot, turning to the Dark Side just because you're a fraidy cat."
When I get around to the next installment of the "change" series (soon, soon!!), it will become clearer that the process was a slow and steady one, and was more cognitive than anything else, although of course an emotional reaction was part of it. But the main drive to my change was hardly fear.
I'll give those readers the benefit of the doubt right now, because I really haven't gotten to that part of the story yet. But in the meantime, I've decided to edit my profile on the right sidebar to try to make it all clearer. I've changed the words "I've found myself leaving the fold and becoming that dread thing: a neocon" to "I've found myself slowing but surely leaving the fold and becoming that dread thing: a neocon."
Ah well, it probably won't matter too much to those who are intent on assuming that I went to bed on September 10th, 2001 a liberal Democrat; got frightened out of my wits on Sept. 11; and woke up on September 12th a hardened neo-neocon Bush-loving warmonger.