Thursday, 11 September 2008

Never Ever Forget

How can anyone speak of 9/11 fatigue?

I may bitch and moan about the woefully inept security checks at airports. But nothing will ever make me forget that day. Last night my family and I watched The 9/11 Hotel, about the Marriot at the WTC and the people in it. We talked about what we did that day, when we saw it. It has changed the lives of so many people all over the world, and we are living with the consequences and will do so for a long time to come.

My children speak of their hatred and fear of Muslims. That saddens me because I don't think people should be judged because of their religious beliefs (except Sarah Palin), but I understand where they're coming from. If this is the intention of Osama Bin Laden and Al Quaeda, well, they've achieved their objective.

I am astounded by those who want to put this behind them, who don't want to watch the endless programs that have appeared every year at this time. I am unable to comprehend why my daughter's friends don't understand why I cried that day, why I've cried every September 11th since. This event has shaped our world and we all need to remember that and remember why.


Candy said...

I agree. I posted a little retrospective today too. I'm not ready to let it go. But I do understand that one day, we will. Just like we've gotten past Pearl Harbor and forgiven the Japanese. It has to happen eventually. But maybe just not yet.

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

It took at least 40 years, a couple of bombs, and a whole lot of money to put Pearl Harbor behind us (and some still haven't). I think it'll take at least that before we forget the catastrophic events of Sept. 11.