September 11, 2001, is often called the Pearl Harbor of our generation. Like our response to Pearl Harbor, we rallied ourselves to face a dangerous enemy. Unlike Pearl Harbor, we suffered a blow targeting innocent civilians, designed to elicit fear. And fear is a dangerous thing.
While remembrance of the victims is our primary task for today, we do them no dishonor by also reflecting on some of the moral costs of the fear that day inspired and the lessons we might still learn.