I'd like to focus on Sept. 10, instead.
The way a nation acts before a crisis can teach us as much as the way it acts after.
Sept. 10 was a sunny day in the mid-80s at Salt Lake International Airport, where passengers and non-traveling friends alike made quick trips through metal detectors and down to the gates. But my intent here isn't just to conjure nostalgic images.
If you turned on a cable news station that day, you were bound to hear endless chatter about one of two things — Gary Condit or shark attacks.