September 11 came and went this year as never before. For the first time, memorials to honour the more than 3,000 fallen became second-hand news. But, long after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are relegated to the back pages of history books, 9/11 will forever retain its prominent place on page 1.
Like the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 or the Kennedy assassination in 1963, 9/11 was a generational moment. In all three eras, the world watched and worried. And in each case the event was so monumental that conspiracy theories seemed necessary to explain them. [Read more…]