Monday | May 26, 2003
In Memoriam: Let's We Forget
In Memorial Day remarks, our President says "This nation does not forget".
But in his review of The Matrix Reloaded, NYT's Frank Rich observes that forgetfulness is the core principle of American consciousness:
... when Al Qaeda's terrorists were gearing up for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks ... media giants were in overdrive selling escapist fare like the Clinton scandals, Gary Condit's sex life and shark attacks. ... entertaining melodramas drove any reports of threatening developments beyond U.S. shores to the periphery ...(The bracketed passage is present in the NYT print edition, but jaggedly omitted from the International Herald Tribune reprint.)
In the less frenetic matrix of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, one fallen Marine's grieving father refuses to forget ... while it seems the spinning media machine and myth-adicted public have already forgotten. Far away, an aging solon wonders "What is happening to us?".
Update: Other not-ready-for-prime-time remembrances ...
"We believe that [4th ID, 20th Field Artillery, Spec. Rasheed Sahib] died because he was a Muslim." While the Army investigates the incident, Ashraf waits for answers ... She wants to know why someone would clean a gun without emptying its chamber. She wants to know the name of the soldier who shot her son.While we're remembering, let's remember that for every KIA there are roughly two less-celebrated vets with permanent disabilities. They'll never forget, but we will.
RonK, SeattlePosted May 26, 2003 10:46 AM | Comments (62)