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A Time of Heroes

The 9/11 decade.

Sep 19, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 01 • By PAUL WOLFOWITZ
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There is one final thing to celebrate on the tenth anniversary of al Qaeda’s terrible deed. That is the rejection of al Qaeda’s ideology by so many brave Arabs, in many different countries, who are risking their lives not for a heavenly paradise but for freedom and democracy. We are only at the beginning of that story. We don’t know what season will follow the Arab Spring. But what we hear these protesters saying is not that they love death, but that they love freedom even more than life. That is no small thing, and something else to celebrate on this grim anniversary.

Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense from 2001-2005, is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

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