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Dateline: America's Myths and Realities - 2002-04-16

America's geographical separation from Europe and Asia forged a national myth of innocence, independence, and exceptionalism. This myth, analysts say, may have been permanently shattered on September 11. Critics believe on that day, the United States learned the limits of independence and sovereignty.

Now, they say, America's watchword should be interdependence. But not all observers agree on this proposed course as we hear in this Dateline report from Carol Castiel.