It’s as if we want to relive those terrible moments and forget what has happened in the decade since.
That Tuesday was a stunning day. Most of us had grown up believing that war and terrorism happened somewhere else. The images—a plane striking the twin towers, people jumping to certain death, the stunned faces of New Yorkers—had great impact.
So, governments rushed to find ways to prevent new attacks. And, for the most part, we supported them in the first few months.
But 10 years later, it’s time to step back, consider what we have wrought, and choose a new path forward.
The reality is that America, the target of the vicious attack, is worse off in virtually every way than it was a decade ago.
The 9/11 attacks on New York destroyed much more than the iconic Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. A total of 10 buildings were lost in what became known as Ground Zero. Some collapsed completely on the day of the attacks, others partially collapsed, and a few were damaged so seriously by debris and toxic substances that they had to undergo years of deconstruction.
America’s collective sense of security changed dramatically after terrorists attacked the United States on September 11, 2001. Who can blame them. Many people now feel vulnerable, not only to more attacks, but to new measures meant to prevent terrorism.
That was a terrible day 10 years ago. But it did not change everything. It’s time we regained our balance, and confidence, as a people.