Nine years ago yesterday the world changed.
Or, did it?
One could argue that the events of September 11, 2001 changed the world as we knew it. In some ways, yes. In other ways, though, those events demonstrate (to me at least) that we haven't changed, that we haven't learned from our mistakes.
Hatred still dominates ... on both sides.
To be wary of someone that actually wants to do you harm is a good thing, but the recent islamaphobia goes beyond simple caution. Humans in general and Americans in particular are prejudice. When will we stop judging someone by what they look like and more by what they do?
My family and a muslim family use to get together occasionally. They were the kindest people I had ever met, definitely kinder than the average christain. When asked about terrorism, they spoke against it as any decent human being would.
In the end, I think the events of September 11, 2001 did mark a change. I don't think it is the change everyone talks about. Decent people with half a brain can learn from such events. The rest?