Post-9/11 optimism didn’t last

World affairs were reordered abruptly on Sept. 11, 2001. It was an opportunity for the world to come together in unity against terrorism. That rare moment has passed.


World News

September 10, 2021 - 2:18 PM

An American flag flies outside the Las Cruces Fire Department, 201 E. Picacho Ave., on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in honor of the lives lost in the attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Courtesy photo

In the ghastly rubble of ground zero’s fallen towers 20 years ago, Hour Zero arrived, a chance to start anew. 

World affairs reordered abruptly on that morning of blue skies, black ash, fire and death. 

In Iran, chants of “death to America” quickly gave way to candlelight vigils to mourn the American dead. Vladimir Putin weighed in with substantive help as the U.S. prepared to go to war in Russia’s region of influence.

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