The attack on Pearl Harbor unified an American generation that went on to win World War II. Their descendents still share the memories today. It would not be until September 11, 2001 that the United States would again be so dramatically attacked within its own borders. Just as they had 60 years before, Americans felt a deep sense of unity. This time, however, that feeling lasted for less than a year. Has President Bush failed to ask for the sacrifices demanded for the continuing war on terror, or have Americans been lulled into complacency because the administration has prevented another attack on US soil? Where the rest of the world is concerned, had the really important changes already happened?
September 11, Five Years Later
- Robert Putnam - Harvard University - @robertdputnam
- Rich Lowry - National Review / KCRW's Left, Right & Center - @RichLowry
- Stephen Flynn - Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
- William Dobson - Slate.com - @WilliamJDobson
- Guillaume Parmentier - Director of the French Center on the US, French Institute of International Relations