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There is no silver lining to the cloud of horror that descended on America on 911 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 Many are still 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 have an obligation as we do to reflect on what we have seen We are all patriots all victims all Americans No matter how much or how little money we make we are all the targets of the terrorists More than 700 of the victims in the World Trade Center were Muslim In the carnage they were joined with Jews Christians Buddhists agnostics and atheists And now we the people cannot be caught in the headlights of fear We must strive to shape the future in the image of what we want to defend and what we want to leave for our children What is that image It embraces patriotism and unity It acknowledges that terrorism puts all of us in the same boat and that death itself becomes even more arbitrary taking the bond trader and the custodian at the same time It makes us more embracing of the need for hope common civility active citizenry and social solidarity We must not let terrorists take away our aspirations for a country in which there is liberty
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