It will happen again. Although some of us like to admit it, the 9/11 terrorist attacks are bound to be repeated, perhaps amplified at some point. There is no scale to measure the degree of human suffering following such incidents. We cannot change history or prevent inevitable sequels. But we can remind ourselves that there will be a morning, when the families of those killed and the shaken survivors begin to lift themselves up and look to the future as a means to rebuke those who want to harm us. Huh.
The story of the men and women who worked for this newspaper on 9/11 has been undermined, no doubt because of the understandable concerns of the newspaper coming across as self-aggrandizing. Such apprehensions are unnecessary. What the Journal achieved on 9/11 was an all-American victory—and a template for how to perpetuate the trauma of the collective body, how to overcome and respond to trauma.