How Did You Feel The Day After 9/11?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in History

I thought about posting something yesterday, but it just didn’t feel right. As if I’d somehow be exploiting the day for page views. I know, it’s a dumb thing to think, but I just didn’t feel like piling on top of all of the rest of the posts.

So I’ll answer my own question. What did I feel? Well, angry, yes…but I wanted revenge. Plain and simple. I’m sure many of us felt similarly and that’s why we eventually went off the rails and plunged ourselves into two wars without finishing the first one. But I remember that the day after I saw this cartoon and thought, “Yes!”

I also felt an amazing sense of unity in this country and one I doubt I’ll feel in my lifetime unless something crazy like this happens again. That seems unlikely since the last time an attack this significant happened was Pearl Harbor.

But that sense of unity felt real and sustained. I’d say that for a good two or three months we were all in this together. We hit Afghanistan and were winning. The Taliban was on the run. A new government was starting to form.

And then, well, we all know what happened then.

But that’s just me. That’s how I felt.

How about you?


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