Magazine September 13, 2021, Issue

Twenty Years after September 11

A view of lower Manhattan, September 11, 2001 (Ray Stubblebine/Reuters)
Looking back, and forward

Twenty years on, we look at the first 9/11, at this one, and at possible ones to come.

Meaning no disrespect to those who lost their lives at the Pentagon or on Flight 93, I most remember what happened in New York.

The first noxious effect was rumor. There were twelve more airliners unaccounted for. Wrong. Maybe there were survivors still to be rescued in the subway tunnels beneath the collapsed Trade Towers. Wrong. A cop had ridden down on the roof of one of them as it fell, as on a giant concrete surfboard. Wrong. Muslims had cheered the collapse in …

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This article appears as “Twenty Years Later” in the September 13, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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