Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"Never Forget" = A Decade?

Perhaps I'm too cynical from all my years of practice.  Perhaps I just don't get out enough to see it.  But is it me or has our collective memory of 9/11 become just that - a memory.  Yesterday's beautiful sunset, now a fuzzy pinkish purple haze in our over loaded memory banks. Only much less pretty to look at.

Never forget.

People are sick of the "War on Terror".  They are sick of the words Iraq and Afghanistan.  They are sick of hearing that people hate us.  They want to stop living in fear.

9/11.  We all remember it.  We all vowed to never forget.  Last year there were beautiful ceremonies at Ground Zero.  I watched and I cried.  But it was a Sunday.  So yes, it was easy to tune in.  This time it's Tuesday.  People need to work, go to school.  shop.  People need to move on. 

Never forget

Never forget?  People don't want to remember that a religion of millions and millions of people want them all dead.  That our lifestyle choice, that of freedom, is a dirty word to them.  That they hated us so much, they flew jets with full tanks of gas into giant buildings and toppled them down.  They killed themselves to get this job done.

Never forget

But we are forgetting.  Every single year we are losing just a little more interest.  A little more anger drains away.  "Eh these haters aren't so bad.  Bin Laden is dead.  Cut off the head and the body will follow right?  Why get all worked up about all this stuff.  Let it go.  The presidential election is a few months away, I need to be focused on that now, not the past."

You can't tell me it's the same.  Those of you who were in the city that day - you were covered in white ash and death and fear.  And now - today I walked through the city - it was beautiful.  It was magnificent.  But it was not 9/11.  Not the one of a decade ago.

Never forget?  We are already forgetting.  We are letting congress slash our defense budget.  We are forgetting our allies in freedom.  We are allowing Iran to stall us while they make a bomb - all while announcing to the world that they plan to use it on a democratic country.

Never forget.

A saying.  Words.  And we all know that words are wind.  Wind which spreads the ashes of the Twin Towers and the people inside it all over the world to this very day.


9 comments:

  1. And then one day you'll find
    Ten years has got behind you
    No one told you when to run
    You missed the starting gun

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  2. i agree with almost 95% of this. my only contention would be that it's not "a religion of millions and millions." a faith in and of itself is nothing without practitioners - so while it's not "a religion of millions and millions," it's probably millions of extremist muslims, to be sure.

    other than that, yes. i am tired of people telling me to forget, because forgetting leads to peace. i find that sort of logic unbelievably offensive - and naïve.

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  3. I completely agree. And it's incredibly scary that we have a President and Secretary of State who refuse to play hardball with Iran.

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  4. A religion of over a billion rather than millions and millions.

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