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However the biting language in some areas suggests that Peart was mindful that this happened because of how much the west ignored the signs that something like this was about to happen:
"The hermit against the lover, Or the devil against the fool?"
It's the dichotomy of how the attacks were seen by the US, and the way he saw it. The Hermit stands as being Islamic extremists and the lover being the US population as it saw itself. Elsewise, The Devil is extremists and the fool is the US, as it should have seen it coming, as stated in the earlier lyric about "Shuffling and laying out all our cars, whole a billion dealers are skipping past our guards" and the later lyric regarding the decadence of the US as "Burning like bonfires in the dark".
It is a brilliant use of metaphor, and probably one of the best thought out responses to the attacks in the world of writing. Written by a truly wise man.