Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times:
So let’s repair the sidewalk immediately, fix the windows, fill the holes and leave no trace — no shrines, no flowers, no statues, no plaques — and return life to normal there as fast as possible. Let’s defy the terrorists, by not allowing them to leave even the smallest scar on our streets, and honor the dead by sanctifying our values, by affirming life and all those things that make us stronger and bring us closer together as a country.
Published before the bombers were brought to justice, Friedman’s piece paints a vivid picture of a country shaken yet united. Very moving.