Worldwide, television screens filled with video from a new source - young Arabs (and Persians) texting, tweeting, blogging, capturing repression on cellphone cameras, marshalling support for change at home, communicating their experiences to a wider world.
And communities all over the world follow the news of impassioned Afghan-American, Iraqi-American, Iranian-American and Libyan-American patriots heading to the countries of their birth to help secure a better future.
Nobody can predict where any of this will go in the end.
It will be, as the George W. Bush administration warned, "a long war."
But the first terrible decade is behind us.
The danger of failed states that become safe havens for terrorists remains, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia and beyond. Iran's regional ambitions continue to loom large.
Congress must maintain a robust military capability if the federal government is to do its primary job - providing for the national defense.
But the Bush administration's response to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, framed an alternative to reactionary savagery. That option may ultimately prove more seductive to hearts and minds that yearn to breathe free.
First Lt. Paul Phillips, a native of Charleston now serving in Iraq, put it well to the Daily Mail's Charlotte Ferrell Smith: "I've met a lot of Iraqis. Most are hard-working people like you and me.
"They want to better themselves. They want employment. They want to send their kids to school.
"If their kids get sick, they want to take them to a hospital. They want what we want."
Americans can understand and emphathize with that.
Who could have foreseen, 10 years ago, that Americans would be watching television fearing Islamist co-option of social change, but cheering Muslims who seek the same human rights we have?
The future belongs to those who provide things that develop more easily with the original American insight: If everybody agrees to let everybody else go his own way on religion, all the energy that goes into sectarian violence can be redirected to common goals: Peace and order.
They allow the development of water, dependable power, sanitation, education and medical care.
Here's hoping for progress toward that goal in the probably painful decades to come.
Maurice is editorial page editor of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 348-4802 or ha...@dailymail.com.