The Titanic was was going forward when it hit the iceberg.
The airliners were going forward when they crashed into the World Trade Center.
Someone decided to go forward . . . with slavery.
Someone gave the order to go forward . . . with building Auschwitz.
Someone decided to go foward . . . with Obamacare.
Forward can be the wrong direction.
Forward can be the right direction.
Someone decided to go foward . . . forming a more perfect union.
Someone decided to go foward . . . with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Someone wants to go forward . . . with the Bush tax cuts.
"Forward" is not a direction. Rather, it is a relative term that could refer to any direction.
North is a direction.
When you drive north on the Interstate, you are going forward. Oncoming south-bound traffic is also moving forward.
When you come to the overpass you notice traffic moving east and west. All are moving forward towards their goals; in different directions.
Ask not, "Are you moving forward?'
Ask, "In what direction are you moving?"