The approaching anniversary

If remembering is wrong, I don’t want to be right

Au Currant noticed a blog noticing a blog noticing the approach of 9/11. And I noticed. Isn’t the blogosphere wonderful?

Already I’m hearing and reading comments from people who just do not get it, asking why we should think twice about the second anniversary of September 11. “What’s the big deal? Get over it already.” I wish I was making that up, but it’s not an uncommon sentiment here.

Now, I don’t know where here is, but that’s the same feeling I get from a lot of people. I don’t think people have forgotten, but I don’t think they remember.

I don’t think a lot of people remember sitting glued to the TV or the computer, watching with horrified fascination as those towers came down. I don’t think they remember how scared everyone was.

Everyone said things like “The world will never be the same again.” But today they wonder why things just aren’t the same.

Did enough time pass? Is everything “all right” now? Did we blow up enough stuff and kill enough people? Should we “get on” with our lives?

I think we’re at the very beginning of a very long war. I call it the Fourth World War. I don’t think I’m overstating the importance of current events. The world will never be the same. It’s going to get worse before it gets better. In the end, we will “win,” although I don’t think victory will be as apparent as it was on V-J Day or when the Berlin Wall came down. There will be no surrender on the deck of a battleship or in a railcar. Victory will come when the forces that oppose us are so scattered and scared that we won’t have to fear them on a minute-to-minute basis. And victory will last only as long as we are intensely vigilant.

The world will never be the same.

And, no, I’m not “over” that day nearly two years ago.


  1. I’m in London. I have a feeling I might notice the same sentiment back home in certain parts of the US, though. ***