Funny how that works…

A frequent trope you’ll read, at least in the U.S., is how the birth of a child led one to conservatism, to wanting a better environment, to wanting to cut the Federal deficit, to eating fewer carbs…. But somehow, the birth of my own son never led me to support catastrophic wars killing thousands upon thousands of civilians as, you know, a means for protecting said child. Lock the cabinets with the bleach, plug up the outlets, and don’t leave choke-worthy things on the floor; that would be my advice. But maybe that was just me. Here’s Bill Keller–former Editor in Chief and during the lead up to the Iraq war, one of its columnists–in today’s Times:

I remember a mounting protective instinct, heightened by the birth of my second daughter almost exactly nine months after the [9/11] attacks. Something dreadful was loose in the world, and the urge to stop it, to do something — to prove something — was overriding a career-long schooling in the virtues of caution and skepticism. By the time of Alice’s birth I had already turned my attention to Iraq, a place that had, in the literal sense, almost nothing to do with 9/11…