The stories of September 11 still pain us deeply—the children who lost their mothers on the hijacked flights, the firefighters who sacrificed their lives trying to save others, the missing husbands whose remains haven't been recovered. And now, as we continue to grapple with our grief, fear, and anger, we also worry about how many more lives a sustained war on terrorism might claim.
Few have witnessed as much tragedy and destruction around the globe as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. For the four years that she served as the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government, Albright not only represented America in desperate, war-torn countries but also flew to the sites of terrorist attacks on our embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. She brought home the bodies of Americans killed in Kenya, riding on a cargo plane with the coffins. Days after the horror that befell New York City and Albright's current hometown of Washington, D.C., I asked her to help us make sense of the attack. Could it have been avoided? Why do the terrorists hate us so much? And in the wake of such an unfathomable calamity, can our nation ever truly heal?

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Note: This interview appeared in the December 2001 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.


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