Thursday, September 11, 2014
I am reposting most of a previous year's post today, because it is still true and I can't say it better yet.
The day started with an announcement on the radio about a small plane crashing into a World Trade Center Building. I mentioned it in passing to my supervisor. The next few reports made it seem worse.
Then I felt a THUMP under my feet at 9:37. I didn't know that the Pentagon had been struck. But I realized after that, that I had felt the strike. I happened to look at my watch. Seared in memory.
My govt office had some Emergency Management functions, so there was a special TV in a conference room. Most of us ended up in there. I was out on the roof at the time the first Tower went down, so I didn't see it in real time.
I saw the 2nd Tower go down though. Most thought it a replay of the 1st Tower, but I saw the difference and called attention to it. We all stared in horror.
There are evil vicious cruel acts occurring all over the world on a daily basis. Victims have their lives shattered every day. No one is free of them. I will not make guesses on "worst".
There are reasons given for all destructive killing acts. Most of them are pathetically weak. But some are more unsensible and evil than others.
I have a background in history. Phenomenally and nearly innumerable horrible acts abound through the ages. Pol Pot, Nazis, Colonialism, Inquisitions, Witch-Burnings, European Christian Crusades, Islamist invasions, Mongol and Hun attacks, Viking slaughters, and back on through the lost times of history. No age is free of vicious and pointless deaths.
But I will remember 9-11 all my life with a line I read in the book 'Dune'. "Never forgive, never forget".
But I should. When I read about some cultural group angry about something that happened 500 years ago, I have to wonder about the "never forgetting" part. There was the December 7th attack, but we think of Japan as an ally now. As Germany is a democracy now, as is Italy. Forgiveness is possible.
There may be a day when I will forgive the Islamists for the 9-11 attack.
But today is not that day.