V.20 No.36 |
10 Years Later
Tweets and FB posts abound today, and people are looking at the anniversary of 9/11 through a variety of lenses.
Alibi writers answered the call to add their perspective. Memorializing an event is about cementing collective memory, hardening the story. Sometimes, in the process, certain facts are left out and narratives discarded for simplicity's sake.
So on this day, let's keep the conversation flowing.
In this week's news section, I write that 9/11 brought news media—and the wide world—into my line of sight.
Elizabeth Hughes, our travel writer, was living in Manhattan when the planes struck the towers. She recalls details from that day.
Advice columnist Kat Cox was just a few miles from the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. She remembers the communication blackout and how social media changed how we deal with emergencies.
Sports writer Toby Smith was in South Korea when Geraldo Rivera broke the news to him via TV.
Iraq War veteran Alex Limkin pens a singeing indictment of our motives for war.
Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino talks about our national learning disability when it comes to gleaning lessons from tragedy.
And, finally, former Editor in Chief Christie Chisholm reflects on the loss of invincibility—and what the United States gained instead.
V.20 No.36 | 9/8/2011
Warplanes Over Manhattan
A reflection on what it was like that day in the city
Panic in the Streets of D.C.
Alibi advice columnist Kat Cox remembers the morning of 9/11, when a plane crashed into the Pentagon a few miles away from her college. The phones were down, and chaos ensued.
Stranger in a Strange Land
U.S. fighter jets have taken off. ... Where’s Bush? Cheney’s in a bunker. ... The White House has been hit. No, the Pentagon has been hit ... box cutters ... terrorists on a train . ... Saddam did this. No, the Saudis did it ... 10,000 dead. No, 4,000. ... Let’s roll.
The Eagle’s Talons
An Iraq War veteran reflects on the collapse of the twin towers and the country’s reasons for war.
What Was the Lesson?
Anniversaries like this ought to be as much about mapping the future as rehashing the past. If examining what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, doesn’t help us plot a wiser course, we haven’t gained anything at all from it.
Joe Woolhead / Silverstein Properties
A Token in the Ash
There are so many others who were affected deeply, who suffered unknowable personal losses on Sept. 11, 2001. But as a country, the greatest loss we suffered was our sense of safety. Still we survive, and a new tower is being constructed in New York. shrouded in strings of lights and topped by a crane, it looks especially surreal. But there it sits, a palpable mark of progress, and the city continues to churn around it.
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