Without any real public deliberation or contemplation, the U.S. rolled out the Global War on Terror playbook that instead of bringing security, has brought an expanded list of reasons to grieve and things to think about on this anniversary.
Ten years later, the diseases that had been contained in Pakistan metastasize more rapidly than ever. If the West's strategy for combating radicalism continues on its present parochial course, the world will feel the heat.
Ten years later, the terror has become a low-grade, chronic fear that New Yorkers live with. Fear has made normally cynical New Yorkers more accepting of authority, especially law enforcement authority.
As we commemorate 9/11, we should remember that this is also the 10th anniversary of 9/12 -- the day when the shock began to wear off, and the country began to decide what its reaction was going to be.
Here is a permanent memorial to the heroes of Flight 93 and a tribute to the victims of 9/11. It is a site where unparalleled tragedy has been converted into hope and healing -- and a place whose sacredness must be experienced in person.
Our offices were only a few blocks from the catastrophe. Putting on my Walkman, letting Mozart drown out my anxiety about the predicament of my colleagues who were already at work, my priority was to get to Wall Street as soon as possible.
As the world mourns September 11, some solace might be found in noting that the events that day are still the world's most deadly terrorist attack to date. Osama bin Laden did not fulfill his self-professed religious obligation to obtain nuclear weapons.
Joe Biden famously said of Rudy Giuliani, "There's only three things he mentions in a sentence -- a noun, a verb, and 9/11. There's nothing else! There's nothing else!" Great line. But this is not a day to talk about Joe Biden or Rudy Giuliani.