March 6, 2011 6:01 AM

Commentary: A frank discussion about terrorism is missed in Berenson article

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Sunday magazine features a story about Lori Berenson, an American citizen who was arrested in Peru in 1995 on terrorism charges. It rambles on for some 8300 words describing in detail what she is wearing and how she is living since she was released from prison last year. While evoking sympathy for Berenson, the article completely misses an opportunity for some much needed national introspection. Instead of a puff piece, the country would have been better served by a serious discussion of terrorism.

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