10 Years Later, Pondering the Meaning of Sept. 11, 2001

I didn't personally know anyone killed in the attacks, and I can only imagine the pain of those who lost loved ones. But like everyone else I was changed by that day. For a time I tacked to the right politically, and was bullish on nearly anything our government could do to bring the terrorists to justice. When a friend from New Zealand visited we argued about the war in Iraq. I was trying to explain to him what 9/11 was like, what it meant to be attacked that way, and suddenly I heard myself saying:

"We thought the world was coming to an end."