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The events of 9/11 seared the American psyche. A country whose continental states had not seen a major attack in nearly 200 years was stunned to find that its financial and military centers had been hit by a small terrorist group based thousands of miles away. More mass attacks suddenly seemed not just probable but inevitable. The catastrophe set in motion a sequence of reactions and unintended consequences that continue to reverberate today. Its most lasting and consequential effects are interlinked: a massively expensive and unending “war on terror,” heightened suspicion of government and the media in many democratic countries, a sharp uptick in Western antagonism toward Muslims