On this anniversary, it is worth unpacking our memories. Eight years is a long time. In 2001, no one had heard of Facebook because it hadn't been invented yet. Barack Obama was just an Illinois state senator. Saddam Hussein enjoyed complete power in Iraq. The Taliban spent its time dynamiting priceless antiquities and flogging women. Washington was speculating about who was behind the disappearance of pretty intern Chandra Levy.I won't; I still miss and mourn those murdered eight years ago today.
It's not enough to remember as a general idea that America was attacked out of a clear blue sky on September 11th, 2001. It's not enough to have it fixed in one's interior timeline, as a historical event the political effects of which are still reverberating. It's important that we revisit what it was really like, how it really felt, so that, in the tumult of events, we don't lose the awful clarity of that day.