How the world has changed since 9/11

The 15th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 should be a time for mourning, commemoration, reflection — and strategic planning.

But many people prefer to avoid thinking too much about how life was interrupted on that sunshiny Tuesday morning: mothers and fathers making one final phone call to their children; office workers who, an hour earlier, were deciding where to have dinner, now deciding whether to be consumed by flames or leap to their deaths; dutiful police and firefighters rushing into the World Trade Center never to come out again; a long plume of smoke rising from the gray rubble of what had been great edifices bustling with commercial activity as America-haters, domestic and foreign, began to babble about chickens coming home to roost.