by Chaim Potok
The first collision -- my human reaction: an accident.
The second collision -- my human reaction: not an accident.
The first building collapse -- my human reaction: a horror.
The second building collapse -- my human reaction: evil beyond words.
- Let us heal the sick and bury the dead.
- Let us find the perpetrators.
- Let us punish them without impinging on our own liberties.
- Let us prepare for their next attempts.
- For that is the way the world is.
- And we had best be aware of its nature.
September 11, 2001
Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer September 13 and 16, 2001