The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 were supposed to change everything. And they did.
The choices America made in the aftermath of the hijacking of four planes and the deaths of nearly three thousand people are with us every day — not just when we go to the airport, but in the subtext of every headline about debt, the NSA, Syria… And for the relatively few Americans who choose to serve in the armed forces, the wars we’ve fought since that day have consequences 99 percent of us will never understand.
Today — as a child who was born on the day the Towers fell is beginning sixth grade and a child who was in sixth grade that day could be entering her last year of college — the legacy of 9/11 is a foreign policy that has raised as many questions as it has answered, and a security state that has been nearly impossible to reform.
Here are five things to remember as we commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks for the 12th time.
Photo: 9/11 Photos via Flickr.com