“Isn't it queer: there are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before; like the larks in this country that have been singing the same five notes over for thousands of years”
---Willa Sibert Cather
Change: the replacing of one thing for another.
Has 9/11 "changed everything"?
I suppose it depends on what "change" might mean - and to whom.
Change by whom? For whom? To what end? And what is it exactly one wishes to change - through what process? And in what direction?
And what if? What if the situation were reversed and it had been, say, a German State secret police that had abducted a US citizen and eventually released him some 4 months later without a word of explanation - not even an apology? What then?
Aahh, isn't it a good thing that Khaled el-Masri is only a "German citizen of Lebanese descent? Just imagine, had he been a "pure Aryan," the current U.S. administration might have found itself with some serious international diplomatic incident on its hands.
After 9/11 "everything is changed." Or, perhaps, everything is just the same as it has always been - only, more so.