In 1999 we warned that terrorists "will acquire weapons of mass destruction... and some will use them. Americans will likely die on American soil, possibly in large numbers." Tragically, few in government or the media paid attention.
The simple message of Andrea Patel's book continues to move people. Continues to offer hope. As on that day suggests, despite the bad things that happen in the world, each of us can always do something to make the world a better place.
Ten years after 9/11, my wife and I still have no better explanation to offer our sons -- now 12 and 14 -- for what on earth happened that day than the poetic one that Stevie Wonder somehow understood a quarter century before those twin towers fell.
As we approach the tenth anniversary of September 11, we cannot forget the tragedy suffered that day, but we are also reminded of the extraordinary compassion displayed by individuals and communities across the country.
This Sept. 11, the memorial at ground zero is opening for the first time, and as a country we are no closer to agreeing upon what it is we want to remember. We owe the dead, the suffering, the survivors and our posterity more than that.
The news of a specific, credible, yet uncorroborated terrorist threat to coincide with the tenth anniversary period of the 9/11 attacks highlights the amorphous nature of the contemporary risk landscape.
The arts are how we communicate about our emotions and our resolve. Every single memorial event that I have ever seen relating to the horror of 9/11 has included the arts as a necessary core of activity.