The Day Nothing Much Changed

On the eve of the five year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, William Dobson of Foreign Policy magazine has a front-page article [subscription only], saying that, in some sense, we are back to Sept. 10, 2001.

“If you were in either of the two cities that were attacked on September 1, you might have picked up a copy of one of the daily newspaper. The headline of one story in the Washington Post read, “Israeli Tanks Encircle a City in West Bank.” The front page of the New York Times led with a story headlined, “Scientists Urge Bigger Supply of Stem Cells.” Inside the appear, readers might have also noticed a small item that read, “Iran: Denial on Nuclear Weapons.” The headlines on that morning – before the world learned of the attacks – suggest that our pre-9/11 preoccupations are certainly not that different from those we carry today.”

I’m guessing that Rudy Giuliani, at least, disagrees.

Azi Paybarah

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