The phone rang about 6:00 a.m.. The call from Toronto awoke me in San Francisco. The caller advised me to turn on CNN. Frightening events were taking place in New York City.
Later that same day, I took this photo from my hotel room in the heart of San Francisco. What an odd sensation it was to be in one of the great cities of the world and walking streets that were virtually deserted.
So what's happened since 9/11? What progress have we made in this world?
Estimates on civilian deaths in Afghanistan since the launch of "Operation Enduring Freedom" range from 12,000 to 30,000.
Coalition forces losses are clearly tracked more accurately. The cynical would suggest that's because they somehow matter more. However, one hesitates to suggest that.
Regardless, in the 8 years since that gruesome day in Manhattan, Pennsylvania and Washington, more than 16,000 to 35,000 people are dead. No matter how you spin it, slice it, dice it and analyze it this is a tragedy on all fronts.