a reply to: Somethingsamiss
I think it depends what you mean by "we".
You and I haven't forgotten. I have not forgotten watching things unfold from my couch, in the house I grew up in, commentated by the BBC news
readers, pundits, talking heads and on site reporters. I have not forgotten seeing the dust, the glass and chunks of broken masonry the size of the
house, and the bodies falling from those towers. Nor have I forgotten the panic in the voices of those recorded on video at the time, or the
aftermath, wreckage sticking out of the ground at strange angles, as ghostly figures coated in dust stumbled blindly through the thick clouds of
debris that seemed to remain aloft for much longer than was reasonable. I remember the days afterward, where yet more ghostly, dust covered people,
sought bodies in the rubble, the collapsed remains of the towers.
I remember all the reportage from the time, I remember the impact videos, the collapse videos, the attack at the Pentagon, and the story of the
passengers of one flight who apparently overpowered their captors and nosedived the plane they were in, out in the sticks some place, an impact that
must have been ridiculous, since barely a scrap of that plane larger than a postage stamp remained to tell of it.
I remember those things that I saw on the news, in the papers, on the web. I remember them and I do not forget, any more than I forgot any of the
things I learned about WW2 from my grandfathers, or any of the things I learned about the Iraq War, or any of the things I have learned about
Afghanistan, the history of the CIA, the history of the SIS or MI6 as it is more commonly known, and their connections with the terrorist group that
was allegedly responsible for the 9/11 attack.
I am unlikely to forget any of those things, because knowing of them, and as much about them as possible, is necessary, as it is necessary to know
about any event which had such an effect on so many people world wide. Some people are forgetting, and some people HAVE to, because otherwise they
would be unable to get past the fear inspired in their hearts. Others have to forget because of the sorrow involved for them personally, because
tragedy did not strike far enough from home for them to be able to get past it, without ignoring it completely.
And a smaller number forget because they have only limited space in their minds, and have to prioritise, often badly, with regard to what information
they retain at the forefront of their minds.
But I have not forgotten, so as I said before, it depends what you mean, when you ask whether "we" have forgotten.