(to the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City)

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


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