Brigadier General Larry Nicholson addressed Marines before they conducted a helicopter assault into Marja, a Taliban stronghold in Helmand Province. Tyler Hicks/The New York Times
Paul Weber, The Week: America never recovered from 9/11
In the days and months after Sept. 11, 2001, there was a maxim — at first serious, then darkly comic — that if you didn't go on living your life (i.e. working, eating, loving, shopping), the terrorists had won. The idea is laudable — terrorism only works if the targeted population is terrorized — and al Qaeda did not win. But America lost something just the same. Some wounds take time to fully heal. This one still hasn't.
After 15 years, America seems to have moved on in many ways. There is a new World Trade Center skyscraper in Lower Manhattan near where the Twin Towers once stood, and a museum and memorial are situated on site. The Pentagon is repaired. There will be people voting this year who were toddlers in 2001.
But you don't have to look far to see the ghosts of 9/11.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 12, 2016
Remembering the day after 9/11 -- Lauren Hansen, The Week
On 9/11, different pictures of national security -- Theodoric Meyer, Politico
Fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks, al Qaeda fights on -- Thomas Joscelyn, Long War Journal
9/11 then and now: Terror, militarism, war and fear -- Rami G Khouri, Al Jazeera
The Middle East Since 9/11 -- Jacob L. Shapiro, Geopolitical Futures
How Does Jihadism End? Choosing Between Forever War Or Nation Building -- Paul Miller, War on the Rocks
Analysis: ‘War on terror’ took region from bad to worse -- Ben Lynfield, Jerusalem Post
Now ISIS Is Turning Women Into Cannon Fodder in France -- Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast
Syria ceasefire deal explained -- Al Jazeera
Impatience is America’s real enemy in Iraq -- Geoffrey Aronson, National Interest
Russia Re-Emerges as a Great Power in the Middle East -- Walter Mead, American Interest
Taming North Korea -- Bloomberg editorial
Cold War foes Russia and Pakistan forge closer ties -- Shamil Shams, DW
Zimbabwe will sink into horror and depravity unless Mugabe quits now -- Peter Oborne, Spectator
Almost 60 Percent of Venezuelans Say They Want Out -- Jim Wyss, Miami Herald
Colin Kaepernick Is Winning -- David Zarin, The Nation