We are now a month past the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, and it is clear the events of 11 September 2001 are fast disappearing down the memory hole. Will that day be remembered at all ten, fifty, a hundred years from now? Just the other day I had the privilege of traveling to the future, to the year 2111 to be precise. I spoke to a forty-something man named Eloi who had just graduated with honors from a prestigious Ivy League university, and asked him what was now thought about the events of September 11, 2001.
He looked at me with puzzled frown
And said, as moments lapsed
Was that the day some stuff came down?
A building fell, collapsed?
It happened often then, I’m told
As engineers were not
So good back in those days of old
Their skills were not so hot
Now take today, he said, enthused
The government sees all
A Mr. Morlock just refused
A claim, as I recall
That certain people captured planes
And did some harm one day
But Morlock says ‘twas just some Danes
Cartoonists, if you may
He smiled and said now I must run
My Imam really cares
But when he’s mad it is no fun
I’m late for Friday prayers
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