One last look back at a ter­ri­ble day

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sil­i­cates and can­cer- caus­ing as­bestos. But the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, ea­ger to re­open Wall Street and re­store or­der, as­sured us all that there was noth­ing to worry about.

We now know, thanks to the largest it of­fered.

So shell-shocked were we at what hap­pened to us that we couldn’t see be­yond our borders or ap­pre­ci­ate the chal­lenges of our al­lies or our en­e­mies, for that mat­ter.

We looked in­ward rather than out­ward, and sadly, did ex­actly what our pres­i­dent asked us to do. Kept shop­ping. Not con­serv­ing. And cer­tainly not sac­ri­fic­ing. Most of us, my­self in­cluded, have given up noth­ing ex­cept, of course, a few trea­sured con­sti­tu­tional free­doms. The bur­den of our wars in Afghanista­n and Iraq are borne by only a tiny frac­tion of us who hero­ically sol­dier on. We can do so much bet­ter than this. As an op­po­nent of the war in Iraq, I would hate to see a na­tional draft, yet I think there is some­thing to be said for com­pul­sory na­tional ser­vice like the Peace Corps, Job Corps or the mil­i­tary. We need some­thing that de­mands a com­mit­ment from the ma­jor­ity, not mi­nor­ity, of us.

This an­niver­sary is im­por­tant. But we can dwell too much on what hurts us and threat­ens us and not enough on the things that could make us more in­de­pen­dent, more re­source­ful, and strong.

And so, for my small part, I will never for­get what hap­pened on Sept. 11. But I think it’s time I quit talk­ing about it.


Still cov­ered with dust, Carol Marin talks on the air af­ter her ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing near the World Trade Cen­ter tow­ers when they col­lapsed.

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