I was home on Long Island on September 11, 2001 when a friend IM'd me that a plane had struck the World Trade Center. I felt far away and helpless, feelings that came back every year on the memorial until 2011. bin Laden had been killed, and I finally felt some closure and peace.
Leading up to this year's anniversary, I had the familiar feeling of helplessness about U.S. military action in Syria. I don't think it should happen, and now there is some hope it won't. As often as I pick at politicians' words, diplomacy is what ultimately prevents or ends conflict; there are no greater achievements.