10 years and 1 day ago we were a nation divided by a political system that was polarizing, an economy that was tumbling, and confusing and uncertain time.
10 years and 1 day ago the middle east was a political quagmire that seemed unsolvable, we were losing ground and political capital on the international scene as our positions and statements became alienating. We knew Al Qaida hated us and was actively trying to harm us.
10 years and 1 day ago we were mad at the Taliban for destroying sacred statues of history, and for their humanitarian violations. We were still supporting the rebel fighters, saying we weren’t directly involved in overthrowing a government of a sovereign nation, but supporting an international coalition of human rights.
10 years and 1 day ago we knew the Towers were a prize for terrorists, one that had been targeted before and would likely be targeted again.
10 years and 1 day ago air travel was intrusive, annoying, and contentious with a disparity between the employees and travelers, and the prices and nitpicking were getting pathetic. Despite history and threats, we didn’t think planes would be used to take down the towers.
10 years and 1 day ago the world changed us.
Today we have to explain to our children how.