College campuses remain immune to the patriotism bug. At a University of North Carolina, Wilmington, forum this week, history professor Lisa Pollard (ph) opined, quote, "At least 4,500 children die in Iraq each week due to American influence. What does it we can do, after bringing Mr. bin Laden to trial, to be less of a terrorist?"
Philosophy and religion professor Herbert Berg, added, "Some of the extremist positions are rooted in some legitimate grievances. They only see the bad sides of America, like materialism and racism."
By the way, the university, it's just miles from Fort Bragg, home of the nation's elite Airborne Corps.
Meanwhile, Harvard's Republican club organized a rally for patriotism and American unity. The event attracted 50 participants, one-tenth as many as a peace protest the week before.
Yale University sponsored a debate about root causes of terrorism. Six professors spoke. Not one cited as the root cause of 6,500 American deaths the fact that bad people flew airlines into occupied buildings.
The press also is wrestling with how to treat the story. ABC, which has attached a flag to its circular network logo, has forbidden news reporters from wearing flag pins.
And CNN is denying reports that it has banned the use of the word "terrorist" in its news broadcasts. It just won't apply it to people not proven guilty of crimes. The network permits reporters to call Osama bin Laden an "alleged terrorist." But what about the murderers who commandeered jet, slashed throats and took deadly aim at the World Trade towers and Pentagon? They're "alleged hijackers."
"Washington Post" media critic Howard Kurtz, who has a show on CNN, says he'll call the killers "terrorists." He told the radio host Don Imus of the CNN rule, "This kind of value-neutral reporting is hogwash."