Ask McFartnuggets: “Is The First World Trade Center Attack Being Overshadowed By 9/11?”

Don't forget it!
Dear McFartnuggets: “Today is the 21st anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center attack. Did you know that? I can’t help, but feel that it’s been overshadowed by 9/11. For starters it’s not called 2/26. It’s just called the “1993 World Trade Center attack”. They do read the victims names and have a memorial at Ground Zero, but is it really enough?” -- Carter from Philadelphia

Dear Carter:
To be honest, I didn’t know it was the anniversary and I apologize for that. I’m not going to argue about how tragic the events of the 1993 WTC bombing were, but they do certainly pale in comparison to 9/11. Six people died on “2/26” and while those losses are just as painful to their families, 2,977 people died on 9/11. Objectively speaking 9/11 was a tad worse. I’m not taking anything away from those who were lost in the first bombing, but as you noted, it’s called the 1993 bombings and not 2/26. 9/11 was absolutely unprecedented for everyone that’s why it gets that special abbreviation. Not even Pearl Harbor is called 12/7.

Another reason 9/11 overshadows the 1993 bombing is because it has the slogan “Never Forget”. The 1993 bombings didn’t have a slogan or catchphrase. It’d be nice if they could share the “Never Forget” phrase, but if you include the 1993 bombing then you have to include all the other attacks that have ever happened and I sincerely doubt people have the brain capacity to retain all of that. We can be asked to never forget 9/11, but anything more than that is pushing it. If we start never forgetting 2/26 then that might push other memories out of our heads. As time goes on and more history accumulates it gets pretty hard to remember everything. It’s not personal, it’s just science.

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