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I’d like to forget

Posted by keithosaunders on September 11, 2017

Sixteen years after the September 11th bombings we are still being told, dutifully and robotically, to ‘never forget.’  I have a problem with this.  It goes without saying that the hundreds of deaths suffered that morning is a tragedy.  But here’s the thing:  My mother’s death at the age of 67 from pancreatic cancer was also a tragedy.  So are the thousands of deaths each year from automobile accidents.

I am suspicious of the motives people who tell me not to forget the terrorist bombings. It feels like an invitation to hate and fear people of Arab descent.  I would prefer to turn the page and believe that we can learn from this and be better people in the future.

In fact, I also have not forgotten America’s unjust and illegal response to the September 11th attacks.  The hundreds of thousands of deaths in wake of the Iraq war, as well as the Afghanistan war which continues to this day.  I’d like to forget.

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Never forget

Posted by keithosaunders on September 12, 2016

The most depressing two words in the English language are never forget. It’s like a mantra used by small-minded people who thirst for revenge.

Yes, September 11th, 2001 was the worst day in the history of the United States. What was worse than the attacks, however, was our response to them.  We had the world’s sympathy and support and we chose to respond like animals, waging war and murdering hundreds of thousands of people. That’s what I’ll never forget.

What does never forget imply?  What, ostensibly, are we not forgetting?  That people from the Middle-East planned and executed the attacks.  In other words, never forget is a catch phrase enabling xenophobia and racism.   The end result:  The cesspool that is the Trump campaign.

So I’m not forgetting.  I’m not forgetting that we live in a racist country filled with bible-toting freaks who, unlike Jesus, are anything but forgiving.

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