Tuesday, September 10, 2002

The Day Before Everything Changed

I heard somewhere after 9/11 that if you wanted to save a newspaper you shouldn't save the paper from 9/12 the day after the terrorist attacks but instead you should probably save the papers from 9/10 or the morning of 9/11. Why? Because those were the last days of the old world. Things just haven't been the same. I'm thinking a lot about this and I'm more than a bit nostalgic for the old world. The world without Osama and his gang. The world without anthrax. The world without enemy combatants. The world without sleeper cells. I can remember the world changing like this at only one other time in my life. When I was growing up I lived in the shadow of a full scale nuclear war. We were locked in a chess game with the Soviets. Luckily no one got the advantage. No one stood up and knocked the chessboard off the table. Now there are no more Soviets and arsenal of weapons wired to one button ready to reduce our cities to smoke and ash. We had it good their for a while. The cold war was over. I think the entire world sighed knowing that we dodged at least one bullet that could have killed us all. But that didn't last. So now I'm wondering if I'll see the world change again before I'm gone. Will I see this current conflict resolved? Will I be able to look my children's faces and know that, at least for the time being, I've left nothing behind that will harm them. When will this global game of terrorist "Whack-a-Mole" ever end? Will the world every be at peace again? How long before the world changes again for the better.

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