Fifteen years is long enough. It is time to put away the sackcloth and ashes, time to dismiss the professional mourners. It is time to leave the solemn ceremonies to those who personally experienced loss. Let them mourn alongside those who understand, while the rest of us leave them in peace.
National trauma, politicized trauma, reckless action: Those were the goals of those who attacked that day. They have succeeded, thanks more to our efforts than theirs. It is time to move on, time to look to the future, to fight to regain the personal freedoms we lost.
It is time to blaspheme that which has been made too sacred.