I was a toddler when John F. Kennedy was shot, but it affected everyone around me so profoundly and was so dramatically shown on our black-and-white television that it continues to be etched in my childhood memory. I always wonder if my children, the youngest only five years old on 9/11, will also be haunted by the horrific visions of that day for the rest of their lives, as am I, or are they so bombarded by media nowadays that it won’t affect them the same way? How could it? How could they know what we lost that day—the concepts and delusion that we, the United States of America, the land of the free, are the most powerful country in the world; that we were untouchable; that our children and their children are safe from the chaos of the ...

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