"One thinks of our history: from the American Revolution through the nineteenth century and the bitter division of the War Between the States, the abolitionists, the shining case and writings of Thoreau, the infinitely vexing question of individuals' entrance or non-entrance into World War II, to the present war. A society discovers itself mercilessly in the mirror of crisis. There is no point in searching for identity in times of normalcy: We cannot really see ourselves in that clouded mirror of unexamined affluence and selfishness we commonly call peace." (pg 30, Bantam Book)
How do readers relate this passage to what happened in America after 9/11?