EJ Dionne will give us our Sept. 11 anniversary—this time. But after we honor the 10th anniversary of those who died in the attacks, "we need to leave the day behind," he argues in the Washington Post. "The last decade was a detour that left our nation weaker, more divided, and less certain of itself," and if we, as a country, continue to place 9/11 at the center of who we are and where we're going, we'll lose. Because America's future does not solely rest upon who emerges victorious from the war on terror.
"We know now, as we should have known all along, that American strength always depends first on our strength at home," but we pushed this "common sense" knowledge into the background, instead letting ourselves be led by our fears as we tried to reorder the rest of the world. "While we worried that we would be destroyed by terrorists, we ignored the larger danger of weakening ourselves by forgetting what made us great," Dionne concludes. The best way we can strengthen our nation is to look forward, not back.