Friday, November 26, 2010

We cannot Forget

Two years back, the hubby came home from a tour. "A bomb went off near the airport", he said. "Let's turn on the TV and see what it was about."

We turned on the TV. There were images of terrorist attacks. But not where he thought it should have been. When hundreds are dead, nobody reports on a bomb that killed only two.

The Terror Attacks shook up the city, the nation. The news channels spoke of nothing else for days, then they stopped. Life soon went back to normal, it had to.

But, we still Remember. We cannot Forget.

A photograph taken three days later, which sums up
 the attacks- life as normal, but nothing can
ever be the same again


Anonymous said...

We live in a very dangerous and evil world. We cannot think that we are completely safe and have to stay vigilent. This is unfortunately the world we live in.

Mason Canyon said...

Your words are so true. Life does go back to normal, but never as it once was.

Thoughts in Progress

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sometimes it doesn't seem as if it will ever be normal again.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yes, I remember those news stories. Doesn't seem that long ago.

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - We should never forget. We should use the horrible and tragic lessons of that time to work hard for a world in which that will not happen again.

Elspeth Antonelli said...

The pictures of that time were all over the news here and the newscasters today were saying it was the anniversary.

Holly Ruggiero said...

Life may goes back to the usually routine but it is never the same. Things, places, and people have changed.

Jan Morrison said...

there is much to appreciate in this drabble, Natasha. Remembering and still going forward - the natural resiliance of folks everywhere - the numbers and dates that get burnt into our collective minds...

KarenG said...

Terrorism is truly evil.

dipali said...

Each such vile attack leaches out a little more innocence from the world we live in. And yet we go one, diminished, but with no other choice.

slommler said...

Bombs go off...people are destroyed...death and destruction all around and we go on. I don't know whether to laugh or cry anymore.

Rosalind Adam said...

And the worst thing of all is that as I type this there are yet more people being maimed and killed, not only by natural disasters but by other people. Why do we do this to each other?

Patricia Stoltey said...

I just read this morning that an attack had been planned by a Somali-born teenager in a U.S. city we would have all considered totally safe. Thanks goodness the plan was discovered before it was carried out. But even the threat is likely to change lives by making some folks more fearful. There's always something...

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Stephen- it is a sad and suspicious world we live in, isn't it? When for the sake of perceived safety, you even forget basic humanity.

@ Mason- and when you learn to live in one thing, something else comes up.

@ Alex- and yet, you learn to live with it.

@ Debra- when the attacks were still fresh, people said they would never forget. I told them they would have forgotten the sheer horror by the end of the first month, will light candles but not ask questions on the first anniversary, and completely forget by the second. They called me cynical- but I was right, unfortunately :-(

@ Margot- the problem is that we do forget. We forget that we should demand accountability, that we shouldn't allow the real issues to get forgotten.

@ Elspeth- which is about all they did in India too, unfortunately.

@ Holly- it cannot be the same again. The fear never completely leaves you.

@ Jan- so true. You remember the horror, but you have to go on.

@ KarenG- absolutely. As are governments that allow it to flourish.

@ dipali- there is nothing much else that we can do, is there?

@ SueAnn- most of the times, I guess we just ignore.

@ Rosalind- so true and so sad. Why can't we all just live together in peace. Everyone would be better off.

@ Patricia- absolutely. When something like that happens, the fear returns. And fear takes a long time to go.


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