This week’s New Statesman is a special issue marking the tenth anniversary of the 11 September World Trade Center attacks. We ask 21 prominent writers, politicians and campaigners — from Jonathan Powell to Omar Bin Laden, Kay Burley and Rory Stewart to Jarvis Cocker — to recall where they were, and their initial reactions to the event.
Elsewhere, the CIA’s Bin Laden hunter Michael Scheuer tells Mehdi Hasan that al-Qaeda may be stronger now than on that day, Adam Kirsch explains why Washington’s war on terror has bolstered liberalism, and, in a special essay, John Gray reflects on a decade of war.
Also inside, Sophie Elmhirst interviews Donna Marsh O’Connor, the peace activist whose daughter died at Ground Zero on 11 September, and Peter Wilby revisits his provocative NS leader from 2001.
All this, plus Andrew Adonis on why a new biography of Nick Clegg proves that he would have become a Tory were it not for Europe, Sky News journalist Alex Crawford on the dangers and celebrations of recent weeks in Libya, and American philosopher Arthur C Danto examines how artists responded to the 9/11 attacks.