There is no silver lining to the cloud of horror that descended on America last week. And the avalanche of pain, terror, and death we have witnessed may be just the beginning.
But life, as always, slowly picks up and moves on. Despite the nagging sense that it is unseemly to begin thinking about the economic consequences, the country is once again back in the market. Investors are selling the stocks of insurance companies and airlines, buying those of military contractors and companies that will benefit from the new security-conscious society. Economists are calculating the gains and losses and guessing about the odds of a recession.
There is no silver lining to the cloud of horror that
descended on America September 11. Many are engaged in burying the dead and
tending to the survivors or facing the awesome responsibility of satisfying the
national demand for action that serves justice rather than multiplying evil.
Those of us who are going back to "business as usual" have an obligation, as we
do so, to reflect on what we have seen.