A Year Has Passed


| September 18, 2002


A Year Has Passed--Now What?, from various sources
Whatever the 9/11 anniversary meant to you--dread, healing, renewed anguish, relief, closure, or just another day in America--it has come and gone. Disbelief may still endure, but passing this milestone may wake us up to America's future reality: How will America fit into the world on September 11, 2003? Will we have taken seriously the intentions we've batted around about becoming more globally aware, less self-involved, less quick to believe in our infallibility? Or will we keep asking why, increase our nationalism, take on an agitated us-against-them approach to any perceived threat? Connie Tuttle wonders where we'd be if America reacted differently to 9/11 (in the Tucson Weekly), while Jeff Ignatious in the River Cities' Reader wonders if it's still not too late to keep from 'squandering that chance' to change, cautioning that 'Every day that passes makes it more difficult to re-capture the national unity necessary.'
--Julie Madsen
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