By the AJC Editorial Board
Related: Column 1 from 9/11/01 | Column 2 from 9/11/01
A decade has passed since a murderous band of zealots commandeered four jetliners and launched an icy-hearted strike against this nation. Innocents died by the thousands as a result.
We’re a different nation since Sept. 11, 2001.
But our attackers did not win. Not on that day, and not in the days since.
They could not win. And they will never win.
For they did not know us.
They failed to understand that the America of internationally beamed pop culture with its overabundance of self-centered fluff, buffoonery and avarice is but a distracting cloak, and not America’s bedrock core.
Our enemies did not grasp the real America — the one of everyday people who have never hesitated to make any sacrifices necessary to maintain our way of life.
Those who hated us couldn’t comprehend that our society and democracy is most always a messy, imperfect affair, even on its best days. Americans disagree; we
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