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by Srimati Lal

The party's over.

After the fire, tears and pain of the Armageddon-in-microcosm at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and the crouching terror of biological and chemical warfare that lurks each day for every American ever since, things can never be quite the same again on the American playground.

There is pain involved in growing-up; much pain involved in learning; and the hardest lessons, which involve the deepest suffering, can be avoided for only so long.

It is believed that just before the Buddha attained Nirvana, in a state of near-death beneath the Bodhi tree where he meditated in the blazing sun and freezing cold, he broke out into these words:

" Now I have seen You, Oh builder of this body :
All desire is extinct : Nirvana is attained :
The rafters have crumbled : the ridge-pole is smashed!
You will not build them again."

As I watched the Twin Towers fall, these words were seared-into my brain.

The dream behind the white American picket-fence had started showing tangible cracks for quite a few years now. Films such as 'American Beauty', 'Eyes Wide Shut', 'The BirdCage', 'Arlington Road', 'The Truman Show', 'The Peacekeepers', and many other such searing sociological revelations of the painful truth that lay beneath the dream, all directed by the western mainstream, had indicated that Americans could no longer afford to keep their eyes wide shut to the problems of the wide world.
Still, no-one had expected the terror and anger to unfold on September 11 with such cataclysmic and unbelievable force, and to involve the brutal deaths of so many innocents.

I must make a confession. I have long possessed the powers of sixth-sense, deja-vu and prophecy, and uncannily, events in my own life have usually indicated world events with remarkable clarity.
My U.S. Visa was held-up for the first time in my entire life this year, and I was ensconced in the safety of my parents' home in India when terror struck New York --- where I normally am every Fall, where I am often in the gallery-vicinity of the Twin Towers, and where I had been till this very March.
One evening, less than a week before Sep. 11, I called my mother to my room, and said: "Something tells me that New York's skyscrapers will be bombed and razed to the ground, very soon."

On Sep. 11, it was my mother who came down again silently to my room, and asked me to see CNN after 7 pm India-time.
And we watched the prophecy unfold : like Maya.

I must honestly make it clear now that I have always belonged to that fortunate segment of the world's people who have never suffered poverty or hunger, who have enjoyed the luxury of a liberal and cosmopolitan urban education, who have travelled widely all over the world, and who have grown-up, studied, and worked both in America and in other parts of the West.
I have lived extensively in America, England and Europe. Therefore, it would be unnatural and impossible for me not to bond deeply and personally with the horrific tragedy of 9-11.
I have also lived in India, and have been witness to its extremes of poverty and wealth, sadness and joy. Still, it would be merely an artificial and intellectual stance for me to now coldly present all the political arguments in favour of what many international intellectuals and analysts now view as America's logical and deserved nemesis.

I am an artist and a writer, and I belong to no political party.
I cherish my freedom, and while I have always been aware of the suffering of vast majorities of world citizens who lacked my good fortune, I am not now prepared to chuck-out all my definitions of civilisation and freedom just because rabid hatred and frustration, fuelled by a small band of unhinged fundamentalist fanatics, has boiled-over with such blind brutality.

America has been a playground for me, as well as a place of learning and invaluable experience.
Many of my deepest friendships have been with Americans, and I have observed them, at their best, to be touchingly child-like, generous, affectionate, at times naive --- and, at their worst, to be power-hungry, blinkered, rigid, insensitive to the subtleties of older civilisations, and overly-proud of a mere century of modern achievement. I can only hope now that, as it always has, America will learn invaluable lessons from this newest pain; will learn to communicate on terms of equality and respect and humility with less-comfortable nations; and will slowly emerge stronger and wiser.

There is really no such thing as a good war or a bad peace.

As a valid document, I would like to present on my website a collage of emotions that I have felt personally after September 11, in the form of letters and images. These speak more credibly than any intellectual theories.

>Subject: Re: From Srimati
>Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 09:16:16 EDT
>Hi from Michigan.
>It's so horrible and terrifying.
>We are lucky because all of our friends and extended family are safe and well.
>I feel terribly sad for all the people who have suffered through this attack
>and who have lost family members in such a violent way.
>Life in America will change to be sure.
>I was glad you were safe in India!

I am astounded by the devastation and carnage since the 11th in New York and the Pentagon, and its massive impact on all the rest of America.
My prayers go out to you for peace and solace during this incredible trauma. May you find the wisdom and meditativeness to see beyond the obvious and find all the answers within yourself.
New York and America are like a second home to me, and I can feel your shock. I can see all the events here on CNN hour by hour.
Please stay in communication with me.

With prayers for peace from me, my friends, and family in India ---
Your friend,

>From: "William F. Cipolla"
>To: "Srimati Lal"
>Subject: Re: From Srimati
>Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 11:08:01 -0400
>Dear Srimati,
>Thank you so much for your thoughts. Life in New York is a living
>Hellright now. There are still people wandering in a daze holding up
>pictures of their loved ones last seen somewhere near the disaster area.
>Everyonehas been touched by this. Finally yesterday we were able to go
>shopping below 14th street. As you probably know from the web and
>television, the city was closed below 14th street and it was necessary to carry a
>photo-i.d. in order to get back into the downtown area. Today I am
>in my office and trying to live and work normally. But it is very
>difficult. One of the passenger lists on one of the planes included
>the name of my cousin: he is unmarried, has no children, and no one has
>heard from him. We don't even know if it was he, or someone else. It is
>unbearable not knowing! And in the midst of the disaster, my father
>was stricken with a grave attack of asthma undoubtedly brought on by the
>news of the tragedy. Since telephone communication had practically come
>to a complete standstill, I didn't find out until long after he had been
>admitted to hospital, and now he is out of danger. For a few hours,
>though, all seemed black.
>Again, thank you for your kind thoughts and please remember me to
>your parents.

>Subject: Re: From Srimati
>Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 13:14:41 EDT
>Dear Sri, Just a note to let you know that I am safe. I am not "okay" because I saw the horrific events from 6th Ave. and 10th St. where I was shopping for a food job. Every face that I see in NY shows the impact of the devastation we have faced. Obviously the impulse to maim, murder, rape and destroy innocents is in the human psyche as well as the depravity of certain individuals but the majority of us on this tiny planet want only to work, raise our families and go to sleep happy. The acts of a tiny minority of fanatics will not sway the rest of us to their cause. There is nothing as important as working for peace and a peaceful resolution to these horrific events. My friends who lived in the area and those who I know who worked in the area are safe. Apparently there are several more buildings which may have to be demolished due to instability. From Canal St. down to the southern tip, there is access only if one provides adequate identification or if you are an emergency worker. I hope those who live in Battery Park City (west of the former towers) can get in as soon as possible to find pets that were left behind inadvertently when evacuations took place. I am proud to be a New Yorker and there are many of us who have not stopped volunteering in many kinds of ways, as well as praying. What I love about NY is the absolute love we have for our city and the way we rally behind and for certain things. I have been helped by strangers and have helped others. That is what is so great about this town. Our mayor has been inspirational; you might not know but he was trapped for some time in one of the towers. He has personally overseen all the things that are being done to rescue, restore and safeguard the lives of all New Yorkers. I have been praying nonstop, and have shed many tears. I am afraid. I rode to Brooklyn on the 4 train on Wednesday. The train rode through the City Hall station and 4 stations south, they were filled with dust and deserted. Last night on the stairway out of the 86th St.
>subway station, there were lots of posters, color xeroxes of people, names, dates, which floor they worked on. We are all crying. Thanks for your prayers. Lots of love, Marie

>Subject: From Jan in NY
>Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 14:27:53 EDT
>Hello Sri,
>Thank you for writing. It is all crazy & not getting less crazy, in a way,
>as we see the 1001 repercussions spreading out in all directions. Mark was
>in Peru. I was supposed to go to the Dominican Republic to teach but I
>didn't want him landing here alone, so I changed my ticket. I go tomorrow.
>Then they cancelled his flight & he can't get back til the 27th, so he lands
>here alone anyway. He was supposed to have auditions for his Nov-Dec season
>Sept 17, but he couldn't get back, & the theater is very close to the towers
>so it is closed. The postcard printer for the Picasso play I am producing
>Oct 4 went to the towers to volunteer for a week, so our publicity is late.
>Because my office was by the towers until June, I went close to them on
>Tuesday, then out on the Manhattan bridge to try & comprehend it. Then my
>apartment filled with smoke the next day (& again this morning) so I had a
>bad cough all these days. Little things, of course, compared to those who
>died. But it's to say, the effects are everywhere. Many petitions to sign
>for peace, many memorial services to go to, anywhere you walk you see shrines
>to the dead with American flags, flowers, & candles, & photos of the
>disappeared. It is sad, & of course the natural thing for the cowboys in
>Washington to do is declare war. Amazing, when they couldn't find the
>training camps for the terrorists in New Jersey, San Diego, Florida, &
>Minnesota!!!! Amazing! I got my personal photos back yesterday that I took
>from the roof of my building. It hurt again, because personal photos do not
>vibrate the same way as a newspaper photos does, because it touched your eye
>too personally. I have gone down to the site twice, & it is too big to
>comprehend. The mind still says "No." Mark is at &
>having a hard time being stranded in Peru so if you have a moment to say
>hello to him, I know it would help.
>Good news! After many months of battle, Mark & I got permission from our
>Quaker meeting in Hudson NY to get married. We meet with them Oct 6 to plan,
>& will probably do it next May or June.
>Thank you again for your concern.
>Warm wishes,
>Jan Hanvik

>Subject: Re: from Sri
>Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 11:59:52 EDT
>Thank you for your thoughts. Things are slowly coming back to somewhat
>normalcy. It seems that everyone in this city has been touched by this
>disaster and all are still walking around in a daze. One positive thing
>through all of this is that it seems that the hardness of the people has been
>softened. People have become more compassionate.
>I have not heard word from Francis.>
>I will notify Francis as soon as I hear from him.
> Dave

>Subject: Re: From Srimati
>Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 12:56:34 EDT
>Thank you for your thoughts. Things really are quite surreal right now. I left NY the other day to just get away from it all and watch from a distance.
>Waiting and praying to hear some news about some friends.

>Subject: Re: from Sri
>Date: Sat, 06 Oct 2001 12:07:34 EDT
>Dear Sri, I have been downtown to the disaster site twice. Yes, there is still fire. I read recently that under the towers were boilers or whatever that had fuel, to power the heating systems. That might be burning and the debris is still burning too. When material is taken off the top of the piles, oxygen goes in an fuels the fire. It's horrific and awesome. Cleanup is expected to take a year. There have been over 320 people identified so far. So many systems have been disrupted. The 1 and 9 trains will not be running for at least a year. The Holland Tunnel has water in it. There are people who lived in Battery Park City that still don't know when they will be able to return home. Some apartments are inhabitable. Some contain airplane parts. This is a crime scene. The air is bad. The rescue workers/construction/emergency personnel work 24 hours a day. The psychological toll is unbelieveable. Mark De. won't be able to perform at BMCC--on Chambers St. because they lost 40 classrooms and the theatres and gym have been taken over. The arts administrators have had their offices commandeered by emergency personnel. We may not perform this fall at all. They still don't know and probably won't for a while. I am not sure if "our" money was from a general fund or a special one. I meet with Mark on Tuesday.
>I will not be receiving a paycheck in Dec. because of this. Other than this, the cats are well. They have no idea!!!!! I perform with Nancy tomorrow at the Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Fall is here. Cool weather comes tonight. Lots of love, more later. M

>From: "James Cook"
>Subject: Re: From Srimati
>Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 11:15:23 -0400
>Dear Srimati,

Thank you for your kind expression of condolence. Both David and Christopher are fine. (Chris was in Washington about two miles from the Pentagon at the time of impact.) David was producing a program and was outside about a mile from the WTC. He saw the first tower come down.

> Barbara and I are thinking about coming to India in February to administer polio vaccine to village children in Maharashtra state. Naturally, if the Calcutta Lals will have us for a few days, we'll extend our stay to call on them.
> Perhaps, under the circumstances, it's just as well that you are not in New York.
>Stay well, Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Barbara
> >>> "Srimati Lal" 09/13/01 09:00 AM >>>

>From: Isha Ray <isharay@socrates.Berkeley.EDU>
>Subject: happy birthday
>Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 09:13:48 -0700
>Dear SL:
>Happy birthday -- though these are uncertain times for the world and still
>very sad times for your other city, New York, I hope you have had good
>thoughts today and been able to celebrate a little. I rang your NY number
>yesterday in case you were back but there was no reply. What is your visa
>situation? I'm keeping all my fingers and toes crossed for your speedy
>return. Have you been in Calcutta, has Seppo been over? Do let me know when
>you can.
>Here in Berkeley, as everywhere, we are all slightly jittery, knowing that
>something has to happen in retaliation for Sept 11, but hoping that it
>won't be hasty and indiscriminate. This can only breed more violence in the
>end. But who knows. The rhetoric of war is in full swing right now.
>Everyone I know in NY is OK -- what I mean is, they are not dead, missing
>or physically hurt -- but of course they know people who are "missing". NY
>is the kind of place where you can be only one person removed from a
>personal loss when such a thing happens.
>I am wrapping-up with Hewlett & preparing to teach in January at Berkeley.
>Lots of love, and if you are still in Calcutta, my warm regards to your Ma
>and Baba.
>Isha Ray
>Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow; Geography Department

>From: Jonathan Hoyle
>Reply-To: Jonathan Hoyle
>To: Srimati Lal
>Subject: Re: from Shri
>Date: 12 Oct 2001 11:43:09 -0400
>Hi dearest,
>My apologies for being so long between writings, as i have been (as you might expect) exceptionally busy here at work. Ever since the World Trade Incident, we have been ramped up here with a great deal of work.
>How goes your trip abroad. I know that you were trying to come back to New York, but perhaps this is a blessing in disguise. As we go to war on this, it is a time for us all to come together, so I hope all is well with you.
>More soon,

>From: "James Cook"
>To: Srimati
>Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2001 07:59:40 -0500
>Dear Lals,
>We are just back in Albion after three weeks in Italy. These are trying times for everyone. Language is a two-edged sword; it enables us to say words that have no reference in the real universe: words like "god": and to ascribe to such fictions whatever characteristics our madness or desire for power may inspire.
> How sad for everyone! Scientific rationalism and the empirical method may be bleaker, but at least they permit an ethic based on shared interests rather than on dubious inspiration.
> David was near the World Trade Center, shooting for a film on Sep. 11, as terror struck. And Christopher was in the vicinity of the Pentagon in the capitol, on work Both are safe. Amazing! Ah well! Onward.
> I forward this via Srimati.
> Love and good health to my Kolkata kindred family.
> Jim and Barbara

'America the Beautiful' (a slide-show with music), 'Day-O', (animation & music), & 'If I Knew' (a poem): all available on the site:

>From: Major William L. Gamble
>To: Srimati Lal <>
>Subject: from a U.S. AirForce Pilot, about the War
>Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2001 08:23:09 -0800 (PST)
>I know I'm here for a good cause.
>We've a real problem in this world with radical groups
>and terrorists, I'm doing my part to help eliminate
>those scum.
>I have not qualms about helping these fanatics meet
>Allah. Then, they find out first hand if they were
>following his teachings.
>Unfortunately, this event has worldwide implications.
>I'm sure you hear it in the news. Many groups are
>using this turmoil to stage other events. Look at the
>Irish - Protestants vs. Catholics, Palestinians vs.
>Isreal, Fanatical Islamics vs. Western Democracies.
>It would not surprise me if the attack in India wasn't
>a group trying to get India engaged in war with
>Pakistan since they are helping the USA.
>I don't know where this is going next. But, countries
>that harbor and provide safety to these groups are
>about to get smacked. It could Syria, Iraq, Sudan,
>Yemen, Somolia, somewhere in South America. I hope we
>get backing of the recognized government and then we
>provide all our technology and fire power to augment
>their own military or police force. But, it won't
>surprise me if walk into a country like Sudan and or
>Libya and smack some heads.
>You know how it is in America. It can the most gentle
>and giving folks in the world. But, let the political
>climate change and those who were a friend yesterday
>are turn away the next. You would think it would be
>possible to replicate the model of free markets and
>capitalism that enabled the USA to get as strong and
>wealthy as it is. Look how many organizations they
>uncovered in the USA which collected millions of
>dollars that went to directly or indirectly to groups
>such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and even Al Queda. When
>I left, they had a list of about 30. People in
>America will donate to any cause if you say you trying
>to help underprivileged youth somewhere in the world.
>Anyway, I'm getting a rant and I bet you aren't
>interested in that.
>I hope you hear some good news from Jonathan soon.
> >
> >

>Subject: Fw: --CBS News Transcript: Those first minutes of 9/11
>Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 06:28:13 +0530
> > This is the official transcript of the first mention by
> > CBS Television News of "terrorist attacks on the World
> > Trade Center and the Pentagon," a CBS News Special Report
> > beginning at 8:48 AM ET on Tuesday, September 11, 2001--
> > the morning the attacks began--as anchored by Dan Rather.
> >---------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > Copyright 2001 Burrelle's Information Services
> >---------------------------------------------------------------------------
> >
> > CBS News Transcripts
> >
> > SHOW: CBS News Special Report (8:48 AM ET) - CBS
> >
> > September 11, 2001, Tuesday
> >
> >
> > Special Report/Newscast (4317 words)
> >
> > Terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
> >
> > Anchor: Dan Rather
> >
> > Reporters: Scott Pelley, David Martin, Russ Mitchell
> >
> >
> > DAN RATHER, anchor:
> >
> > We're going to rerack that videotape and show it to you again. As we do
> > the reracking, we say that we don't have any confirmed figures on the
> > number of people killed at the Pentagon or the number of people wounded
> > there in Washington, where a hijacked plane hit. We have no idea of--of
> > the New York fatalities. Here again is this photograph. The building on
> > the left is about to be hit by the hijacked incoming plane.
> >
> > Unidentified Woman: What the hell is that!
> >
> > Unidentified Man #1: Holy fuck!
> >
> > Unidentified Woman: Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Jesus fucking Christ! Oh, my
> > God!
> >
> > RATHER: A ball of flame envelops the second of the World Trade
> > Center towers, untold death and destruction, because after being hit by
> > the second plane, the second tower eventually collapsed after the--both
> > of these twin towers collapsed. Now Building 7 of the World Trade Center,
> > after being evacuated, we're told, collapsed. In the der--debris below,
> > people still trapped. This is new videotape that had not been seen
> > before. Dateline: Washington. The Pentagon now says--and we've checked
> > and double checked this--100 people believed killed or injured--there's
> > no differentiation. We still don't know how many killed, how many injured
> > at the Pentagon, but the Defense Department says its best available
> > information is 100 people believed killed or injured at the Pentagon. And
> > while the Pentagon symbolically was one of the two targets today, that
> > the death, the wounding and the damage at the Pentagon, nothing to
> > compare with what's happened with the World Trade Center complex.
> >
> > Paramedics waiting to be sent into the rubble today were told that once
> > the smoke clears, it's going to be "massive bodies," quote-unquote.
> > That's Brian Stark, an ex-Navy paramedic who volunteered to help. Stark
> > said paramedics were told that, quote, "hundreds of police and
> > firefighters are missing from the ranks of those sent in to respond to
> > the initial crash." Now, mind you, this is only one person speaking. New
> > York police and firemen rushed to the scene this morning. As is their
> > destiny when they volunteer for such work, they place themselves in
> > harm's way. And it has been thought throughout the day that certainly
> > some police and firemen would turn up missing, and according to this
> > paramed--medic, he says he was told, quote, "that hundreds of police and
> > firefighters are missing." Let me caution you we do not know that for a
> > fact.
> >
> > As we've said repeatedly and I say again now without apology, sometimes
> > the first information you get from a scene turns out to be wrong
> > information. We do our best to nail down the facts. We'd rather be last
> > with information than be wrong. We try to give information to you as
> > quickly as we can get it. In this kind of situation, I know you will
> > understand when I say there's no way that we can do it perfectly. We do
> > our very best. And our number one job, the number one job here is
> > accuracy.
> >
> > Now among the other facts we know is that the president is on his way to
> > Washington, and I have to say I don't in--really know that to be a fact.
> > But that's been officially announced, that he's on his way to Washington.
> > The president will be addressing the nation tonight from Washington,
> > we're told. Will he be speaking from the White House? We do not know
> > that. Now we are, in effect, handling all kinds of hot information and
> > material here. We have, I'm told, more videotape that's never been seen
> > before today--that you saw a minute ago about that s--second plane
> > hitting the World Trade Center not seen before. We have additional
> > videotape now of what happened here in New York early this morning. Watch
> > this. This is--I haven't seen this before. I'm seeing it for the first
> > time, as you do. The first building hit that high--high floor by the
> > first plane is in smoke. The second building has just been hit by a
> > plane.
> >
> > Unidentified Man #2: The whole building's gone!
> >
> > RATHER: I beg your pardon. As you--it was the collapse of the first
> > tower. Now let's go back over this videotape we've not seen before. The
> > tower that was hit by the first plane is still standing. It won't be for
> > long. Remember, this all happened this morning between 9 and 11 AM. And
> > the second building you saw--we'll show these videotapes to you in
> > sequence. First you have the videotape of the plane coming, and it was
> > coming at pretty high speed, much greater speed than the first plane that
> > hit. We have videotape showing the building hit, and then this second
> > videotape taken from some distance of the first of the towers to
> > collapse. Perhaps we can rerack that videotape at some point. Strange,
> > eerie. I used the word, if it is a word, Dante-esque, earlier in the day,
> > how instead of a ball of flame going up and great billows of smoke going
> > upward, they came downward into and toward the earth itself. But that's
> > because the building collapsed.
> >
> > Now this is the collapse--the first of the towers to collapse. We just
> > secured this video.
> >
> > Unidentified Woman #2: Oh, my God! oh, my God! Oh, no! Oh, no!
> >
> > Unidentified Man #2: The whole building's gone!
> >
> > RATHER: The whole building's gone, indeed.
> >
> > Unidentified Man #2: Holy fucking Jesus!
> >
> > RATHER: We do apologize for the language on the videotape. Yeah. One can
> > understand people seeing this incredible sight, and when you see this,
> > you're reminded why everyone in authority saying we should be prepared
> > for eventually finding out many dead, many seriously wounded. And at this
> > hour, as night has not yet fallen, but begins to creep in on New York
> > City, there are people trapped in the rubble. And when that third
> > building collapsed, World Trade Center Building Number 7, people who were
> > making efforts to save those people in the rubble who were trapped in
> > there, some of those people were in peril as that Trade Center Building
> > Number 7 collapsed within the last hour, hour and a half.
> >
> > Now what you're going to see next is videotape of the second World Trade
> > Center building collapsing from a different view than you've seen it
> > before. This is, again, new videotape. One of the World Trade Center
> > buildings has already collapsed. The second, the actual first one hit by
> > the plane, is still standing. It is a smoking ruin in its upper floors.
> > These World Trade Center towers have absorbed tremendous shock of
> > fast-flying airliners, highly inflammable aviation fuel. The one building
> > has collapsed, and once it starts to go, how quickly it went.
> >
> > These home videos taken from across the way from a place that once had
> > the spectacular view of a spectacular New York skyline. And the smoke
> > told the story.
> >
> > Scott Pelley, who brings us up to date on the situation in Lower
> > Manhattan. Scott, it's an unsettling moment to see again different views
> > of those buildings collapsing and, indeed, the aircraft hitting the
> > second building. But what's the situation down there right now?
> >
> > SCOTT PELLEY reporting:
> >
> > Dan, the smoke that you see rising behind me now is from World Trade
> > Center Building Number 7, which collapsed about 15 minutes ago. This is
> > a--a very large building. It's 47 stories tall, at least half a block
> > wide. This would have been a catastrophe in its own right, Dan. The
> > building has been on fire all day since the initial attack. About an hour
> > ago I was down there with a CBS News camera crew and we were talking to
> > firefighters and police officers. Building Number 7 was completely
> > involved in flame. Flames were shooting out of the building. Large panes
> > of glass were falling into the street. The firefighters explained that
> > there was nothing they could do to try to put the fire out because it was
> > just simply far too dangerous. And they warned us an hour ago that the
> > building might collapse, and indeed, that is what has come to pass.
> >
> > Apparently some of the city's emergency operations were located in that
> > building. The fire department is telling us now that they have lost some
> > of their communications at this point. The building, of course, being on
> > fire, being at the scene of the attack, had been evacuated much, much
> > earlier. There was no one in the building at this time that it collapsed
> > about 15 minutes ago. However, I will tell you that when we left there an
> > hour ago, there were several New York City police officers and
> > firefighters down there making sure that no one else came into the area.
> > Dan.
> >
> > RATHER: Scott Pelley on the scene reporting live from Lower Manhattan.
> >
> > Now we're going to show you again videotape of World Trade Center
> > Building 7. This is the one that just collapsed within the last hour and
> > a half, two hours at the outside. This was a 47-story-tall building. This
> > is the scene on the ground just after this building came tumbling down.
> > And yet, new bellows of the horrible smoke and the stench from the smoke
> > began to fill Lower Manhattan all anew. We're gonna rerack this videotape
> > for you because we're--what we intend to show you and we have on
> > videotape is the collapse of that World Trade Center Building Number 7,
> > which housed Salomon Brothers and Smith Barney.
> >
> > I look away because our friend here who's an eyewitness and worked in the
> > building--and by the way, let's get a picture of another--you know, he
> > wouldn't call himself a hero, but here's a man in our studios giving us
> > some eyewitness reports here today who calmly got together, led people
> > out of the building. It was his responsibility, he took it upon himself
> > to get people out and then get himself out. Was there actual panic as you
> > did that?
> >
> > Mr. PATRICK ANDRE (Morgan Stanley): There were panic among the staff,
> > yes, but the important thing, everybody got out in time before...
> >
> > RATHER: Well, you won't say it, but I will. You got everybody out.
> >
> > Mr. ANDRE: Yeah.
> >
> > RATHER: David Martin is outside the Pentagon. David.
> >
> > DAVID MARTIN reporting:
> >
> > Dan, the--the US is trying to do two very different things here
> > simultaneously. One is to hunker down and button up and protect against
> > the possibility of still another attack, and that's why the Pentagon has
> > put all of its bases on the highest state of alert. And the State
> > Department has put all American embassies around the world on the highest
> > state of alert. But at the same time, the US wants to create an
> > impression, at least, of a quick return to normalcy, and that is one of
> > the reasons why the president is coming back to Washington tonight. You
> > know, he spent the day moving about from military base to military base
> > as much as he would in the event of a--a nuclear war. That now has ended
> > and they are bringing the president back to Washington to try and create
> > this impression of a return to normalcy. But obviously, as you can see
> > behind me, we are a long, long way from normal.
> >
> > One of the obvious questions here is: Who did this? And the early
> > suspicions are focused on Osama bin Laden, the terrorist who has--seems
> > to have made it his life's calling to attack Americans around the world.
> > And in this case, I think in contrast to previous cases, there is very
> > little doubt that there will be some form of military retaliation. What
> > form it will take and when it might happen, I think it's much too early
> > to tell, but I think it is all but inevitable.
> >
> > RATHER: David Martin, two questions. The last quote we had from any
> > official at the Pentagon was that 100 people were believed killed or
> > injured. Any later information about that?
> >
> > MARTIN: The only number I've heard, Dan, which is--is 20 dead, but no one
> > expected it to end there. The services that had offices in that part of
> > the building have asked all of the people assigned there to call in so
> > they know who made it out. And there are still, among all the services,
> > hundreds of unaccounteds for, but you don't know if that's because they
> > didn't make it out or simply because they haven't called in. But if you
> > just take a fully loaded commercial airliner, you know that the--the
> > death toll is going to go much higher than 20, no matter who was caught
> > in the building.
> >
> > RATHER: Well, that's a good point. And the belief is that American Flight
> > 77 headed from Dulles Airport near Washington to Los Angeles, a Boeing
> > 757, this is--the plane's believed to have crashed into the Pentagon had
> > 58 passengers and six crew. And while one might hope and pray that
> > somebody among those 58 passengers and six crew survived, it seems highly
> > unlikely. So there, right there, you would have, you know, in the 60s the
> > number of people dead, killed at the Pentagon.
> >
> > And the wife of US Solicitor General Theodore Olson was aboard the
> > jetliner that crashed into the Pentagon. She called him as the plane was
> > being hijacked. She twice called her husband and described some details
> > of the hijacking, including--now this is Barbara Olson, an attorney, very
> > intelligent woman, wife of the US solicitor general, the new one,
> > Theodore Olson. She said that the attackers were using knifelike
> > instruments, and that when she called her husband, she said the
> > attackers--this is on the plane, that would have been the American
> > Airlines Flight 77--she said that the attackers using knifelike
> > instruments. Now the officials who quoted thi--this conversation to the
> > woman's husband declined to give any further details of the conversation.
> > In a brief telephone interview from his home, Theodore Olson said his
> > wife was on the plane and that it crashed into the Pentagon, and he said,
> > 'I wish it wasn't so, but it is.' Olson argues President Bush's cases
> > before the Supreme Court.
> >
> > We're going to go back to David Martin at the Pentagon. David, I
> > understand you have some additional information or insight, and then I
> > have an additional question for you, please.
> >
> > MARTIN: You were--you were talking about the plane that crashed into the
> > Pentagon. Someone made the point to me that all of these planes were
> > cross-country flights that had just taken off, meaning they were all
> > carrying full loads of fuel, which would obviously increase the
> > destruction that they cause when they crashed into a building. Whether
> > that was part of the plan or whether it just worked out that way, we, of
> > course, don't know, but it would certainly indicate, at least initially,
> > that considerable thought and planning went into this attack.
> >
> > RATHER: Indeed, Devid, in--David, including that they hit the World Trade
> > Center at the height of morning rush hour, right at 9:00, first one
> > building, then the other, right at the very height of rush hour here in
> > New York City. David, stand by because I have some questions about
> > possible US responses. You say, you know, the US will respond. The how
> > and why of that I'd like to discuss with you.
> >
> > But first, we want to go through a sequence that--of pictures of what
> > happened here in New York today at the World Trade Center, including
> > s-- two pieces of videotape that CBS News obtained exclusively and we've
> > shown only in the last half-hour or so. So the sequence of events will
> > not necessarily be in order, but this to review for you and give you the
> > latest picture information we have is the way it was this morning between
> > 9 and 11 AM New York time, Eastern time. One plane has hit the upper
> > tier. But watch the left-hand corner of your screen. The second World
> > Trade tower has not yet been hit. It's about 9 AM. Here comes the plane,
> > very high speed, cuts almost through the building. Great balls of fire,
> > tremendous billows of smoke. The voices you hear in the background are
> > the people in the home, place where these pictures were taken. So the
> > second building was hit. Now note the plane went in at about--that
> > aircraft hit that tower at floor about 71. The first building was hit in
> > the 90 or above, say. So both buildings are now smoke and flame.
> >
> > Now different view. Both buildings are aflame, and then the building that
> > was hit second comes tumbling down. That was the one where the airplane
> > came in particularly quickly and hit the building at about floor 71.
> > Chrysler Building in the background. Now the second tower, which was
> > actually hit first by American Flight 11, begins to crumble and
> > disappear. And since then, the--the most recent collapse, which happened
> > just a short while ago, Building 7, a 47-story building, as part of the
> > World Trade Center complex, collapsed. That building had been comp--we
> > were told, completely evacuated. But the fate of people on the ground,
> > including rescue workers, as it came tumbling down we simply don't know.
> > But it had been threatening to collapse, it had been on the verge of
> > collapse for a long while, so perhaps--perhaps most of the area had been
> > evacuated. But who could have anticipated this kind of incredibly dense
> > and fast-moving smoke that's--covers many blocks in New York? And, like
> > some white monster, came quickly down side streets and major
> > thoroughfares.
> >
> > Now stay with me here. Stay with me us here. Our CBS--this is
> > another--see the plane? This is another view, more videotape. It's the
> > plane that--oh. Oh. Those two sequences we should see again, and we will
> > show you. Some of this video has just now become available, and in the
> > aftermath--well, if you've been with us, you know what happens. We're
> > going to try to rerack--that's the opposite side of the second tower hit.
> > Now we had different views during the day, but this was photographed from
> > that side of the building.
> >
> > Now we're going to recue that sequence of videotape. This includes new
> > videotape material obtained by CBS News over the last hour, hour and a
> > half. We've shown some of it. Now this is the latest new video we have.
> > See can the plane coming at high speed, aiming for the midlevel and hits
> > it. That was the second flight, United Flight 175. And this is the
> > reverse side of the building. See, the plane actually pierced the
> > building and virtually came out the other side. There yet another view of
> > the plane hitting.
> >
> > RUSS MITCHELL reporting:
> >
> > It's almost like the building swallowed the plane.
> >
> > RATHER: Yes. Here you see this aircraft below--Did you see that?
> >
> > MITCHELL: All right.
> >
> > RATHER: You had to be looking closely on your right-hand side to see it
> > hitting there.
> >
> > MITCHELL: Yeah.
> >
> > RATHER: Indeed, Russ Mitchell said it is almost as if the building
> > swallowed the plane and then belched back up. Well, nobody has ever seen
> > photographs like that 'cause nothing like this has ever happened before.
> >
> > We go to David Martin at the Pentagon.
> >
> > MARTIN: Dan, we were talking earlier about trying to give the appearance
> > of a return to normalcy. Well, now we have one other appearance of
> > normalcy, which is the fact that Defense Secretary Rumsfeld will give
> > a--a briefing later this evening in the briefing room in the Pentagon. In
> > other words, we're going to be allowed to go back into the Pentagon, and
> > obviously, as that is designed in part to give a show that you can--you
> > can damage the Pentagon, but you can't sink it, that business continues
> > in there as normal. Now obviously one of the pieces of businesses that's
> > going to be continuing now is planning for some sort of military
> > retaliation, although I think it's much too early for us to really have
> > any good idea what that might look like.
> >
> > RATHER: David Martin, we're gonna go to Bob Orr, who has some new
> > information, in just a moment. But once in the Far East, an intelligence
> > operative who was talking about revenge for things--terrorist events used
> > the quote--he said it was an old Oriental expression-- "Revenge is best
> > served cold," which the thought was that you don't want to enrage--lash
> > out immediately. Now given the fact--and it is a fact--that after the
> > 1998 attacks on the US embassies in East Africa, the United States
> > government responded in--fairly quickly with two separate cruise missile
> > attacks, mini-missiles, at Sudan and Afghanistan.
> >
> > My question to you, David Martin, when you--talk about some kind of
> > retaliation is--is certain. What has been the thinking before this
> > happened about the advisability of responding immediately or waiting and,
> > in effect, serve--serving revenge cold?
> >
> > MARTIN: Well, they have two lines. One is that, 'We will strike in a time
> > and place of our choosing,' and that supports the argument that you don't
> > have to do something right away. But after those cruise missile attacks
> > on the Sudan and Afghanistan, the argument was that that was not
> > retaliation, that was pre-emption because Osama bin Laden was planning
> > further attacks against the US and they had to disrupt his operations. So
> > I can see that that argument would apply here as well. The US could say
> > it has intelligence that this was not all the attacks that were planned,
> > that Osama bin Laden had further attacks planned and they had to act
> > quickly to upset these plans.
> >
> > On the other hand, I can see them wanting to take their time and get it
> > right so that we don't have another largely ineffectual strike as we did
> > following the--the embassy bombings. The--the strikes did not get Osama
> > bin Laden, and obviously did not have any lasting impact on his operation
> > since he has been behind most of the threats that the US has had to react
> > to over the years and, of course, if the evidence indicates that he was
> > behind this as well, then, of course, we really didn't do much to stop
> > him with that earlier strike.
> >
> > And I think all that would argue for some very large military response,
> > perhaps including going after him on the ground, which, of course, is
> > always risky because of casualties. But I think the proportion of the
> > offense--I mean, let's face it, this was the--the worst sneak attack on
> > America since Pearl Harbor. And when you put it in that context, I think
> > the American public would support taking casualties to go after the
> > person who was behind that. But all that's still pretty far down the
> > road, Dan.
> >
> > RATHER: Indeed. David Martin speaking live from the Pentagon.
> >
> > President Bush will address the nation tonight. CBS News will cover it
> > live. We'll be staying on the air live.
> >
> > Very quickly, Russ Mitchell has some new information about attending to
> > the wounded in New York.
> >
> > MITCHELL: That's right, Dan. The Health and Human Services Department has
> > activated a national medical emergency system. This is an unprecedented
> > move that will dispatch about 7,000 volunteer doctors, nurses, pharmists
> > and other--pharmacists and other medical staff to areas affected by
> > Tuesday's attacks, which, of course, would be New York and Washington.
> > The timetable for this, Dan, I'm told, is immediately.
> >
> > RATHER: Russ Mitchell.
> >
> > Seven thousand volunteer der--doctors sought from around the nation to
> > come help in New York with what is a massive healing and tending to the
> > dead and wounded operation which will go on for weeks if, indeed, not
> > months.
> >
> > Now Bob Orr in Washington has some--a--a new insight on this information
> > from Barbara Olson, who was aboard one of the planes hijacked, about
> > knife-wielding--or knife-type instruments in the aircraft and Orr is
> > going to put that in perspective for you just at the top of the hour. Now
> > at the top of every hour and at the half-hour mark, we try to bring you
> > up to date on the latest video we have, the--the latest pictures we have,
> > the latest information that we have, and we'll be doing that just past
> > the top of the hour on many of these CBS stations.
> >
> > The aircraft involved this morning, American Airlines Flight 11, Boston
> > to Los Angeles, that was the first of two planes to hit a World Trade
> > Center building. The second was United Flight 175, Boston to Los Angeles.
> > That was the second plane to hit a World Trade Center building. American
> > Flight 77, Dulles, near Washington, to Los Angeles, this is the plane
> > that hit near the Pentagon. And then United Flight 93, Newark, New
> > Jersey, to San Francisco, is the plane that apparently went down in
> > Somerset County, in western Pennsylvania. They believe they might get the
> > cockpit recorder from that, and if they do, it could be valuable
> > information.
> >
> > You're watching continuing CBS News coverage of the Attack on America.
> >
> > Dan Rather with Russ Mitchell and the worldwide resources of CBS News
> > with our continuing coverage of this historic day of infamy in the United
> > States of America. An audacious and devastatingly effective sneak attack
> > on the United States today. Terrorists crashed two hijacked airliners
> > into the World Trade Center towers and they wrecked, destroyed both of
> > those towers. And as a consequence of that, then later this afternoon,
> > World Trade Center Building 7 collapsed. World Trade Center 5 is in
> > danger of collapsing. The terrorists brought down the--not only the twin
> > 110-story World Trade Center towers, they also slammed a hijacked
> > jetliner into the Pentagon. At least 100 people killed and wounded in the
> > attack on the Pentagon.
> >
> > We don't have facts about any of the killed and wounded. We simply know
> > that in New York, both the police and New York City Mayor Rudolph
> > Giuliani say that they--that there's tremendous loss of life in and
> > around the World Trade Center. And at the Pentagon, as I say, the best
> > available information is at least 100 killed and wounded.
> >
> > A fourth jetliner--we mentioned it earlier--was apparently hijacked. It
> > crashed in Pennsylvania as part of the clearly carefully timed attacks.
> > It was earlier reported that maybe that aircraft had gone down near Camp
> > David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. It turns down--it went down
> > instead in southwestern Pennsylvania. President Bush was in Florida while
> > all this was happening, on an out-of-Washington trip. He said he was
> > going to be returning to Washington. He did not. Instead, it was decided
> > he should go to the air base near Shreveport, Louisiana. He went there,
> > made another statement to the American people, then took off destination
> > unknown, wound up in Nebraska at one of the most secure air bases that
> > the United States has. He got a briefing there. And then the decision was
> > made that he should come back to Washington. And President Bush will
> > address the nation from ton--tonight.
> >
> >
> > Submitted September 12, 2001
> >
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> > Copyright 2001 Burrelle's Information Services
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> >
> >

>Subject: Fw: From the survivors
>Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 18:51:49 +0530
> >This was in a newsgroup but the author/sender was not clear to me. it was
> >published publicly and is ended with a request to be passed on. It's a very
> >personal commentary followed by raw comments by survivors.
> >
> >
> >
> >A Day of Prayer and Remembrance
> >
> >
> >On Thursday, September 13, 2001, I traveled by foot and bus--along with
> >thousands of other New Yorkers--to Union Square, a well-known park on 14th
> >St. in the heart of Manhattan. It is situated about 30 blocks from "Ground
> >Zero'. This historic gathering place, long consecrated throughout the last
> >century with protests and spontaneous demonstration, sits at the border
> >>>beyond which no civilian could any longer travel to lower Manhattan.
> >>>
> >>>Not surprisingly it became a natural magnet for New Yorkers seeking to
> >>>communicate, commiserate and console one another after the attack on the
> >>>World Trade Center.
> >>>
> >>> I entered the park from the uptown end anxiously looking around. After
> >>>some initial fear that it had been a wild goose chase, I picked out a
> >>>milling, eerily quiet gathering of people at the opposite, or downtown
> >end.
> >>>A woman I had met on the bus--like myself another turned-away blood donor
> >>>and volunteer--was also going to 'the memorial', a
> >>>nd she cradled a blood
> >>>red bouquet of roses for those killed.
> >>>
> >>>I had no flowers, but I brought a notebook. In times of crises we return
> >to
> >>>what we know. I have been a news reporter for at least half my life.
> >>>
> >>>The two of us didn't really know much, only that some NYU students--also
> >>>frustrated volunteers-- late the day before, Wednesday, had taped long
> >>>rectangles of butcher paper on the ground, and that people in the park
> >>>begun writing on them.
> >>>
> >>>I had brought a pen. So had my new acquaintance.
> >>>
> >>>As the two of us joined the hushed and milling throng we shook hands and
> >>>said, 'Goodbye.' Without saying it we both understood that privacy was
> >part
> >>>of our need.
> >>>
> >>>I knelt down with those squatting or sitting in front of about a 12-ft.
> >>>high plaster pillar, naked wire resembling a torch flowing out of its
> >>>
> >>>On its front in silver glitter someone had glued the letters:
> >>>To The Victims of Terrorist Attacks.
> >>>
> >>>No one seemed to know when, but sometime later an unknown person had
> >>>
> >>>to it, a long rectangular piece of World Trade Tower Two.
> >>>
> >>>In front of this pillar floated a sea of candles, small US flags,
> >>>of roses by the dozens, many still in their cellophane wrappers, and
> >single
> >>>flowers of every kind. Spreading out from these were messages. They were
> >>>Bold like headlines or artfully drawn like Murals. There were also
> >>>notes--some short, some long--printed or scrawled in every color pen,
> >>>ranging from sentences to headlines to poems to long rambling
> >>>Many included quotations of every kind and they were written in all the
> >>>languages of all the people who comprise this American melting pot:
> >>>Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, and many more.
> >>>
> >>>It would be awhile before I realized that these messages spread out from
> >>this
> >>>Center in a hodge podge in every direction and that they numbered in the
> >>>thousands.
> >>>
> >>> All around me people were crying. They were young and old, Black and
> >>>White and Asian. A young girl with wicker wings tied to her back asked if
> >I
> >>>needed a hug. I did. But I said I didn't. Hours later, at the end of my
> >>>travel through this many chambered heart of the city's collective wound,
> >>>hugged a compete stranger. It was the only thing to do.
> >>>
> >>>As I walked around I jotted down, at random, some of the notes inscribed
> >>>there. It is my great honor to share them with you. When they were signed
> >I
> >>>have included those names.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> "Gentlemen may cry 'Peace, Peace'-but there is no peace."
> >>> Patrick Henry [revolutionary war hero]
> >>>
> >>>Dear NYC,
> >>> I've lived here for a year, and I didn't think I was from here till this
> >>>week.
> >>> With Love and Remembrance to All.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Together in School
> >>>Together in Work
> >>>Together in Heaven
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Capt. Brown of Ladder Co.3.
> >>>Pray for him and his men.
> >>> YLF 9-13-2001
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Love Bears All Things
> >>>Endures Forever
> >>>God Is Love
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>This is just too much grief for my mind to process.
> >>>Robert Wagner Garden and All the things I love are
> >>>gone and thousands of people died while I watched.
> >>>Why was I spared?
> >>>How can I go on?
> >>> Janet Wolfman
> >>>
> >>> Sept. 12, 2001
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>This Won't Stop New York!
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Fear the Evil Within
> >>>Before Evil Without
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Bomb the Taliban Now!!!!!!
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>If you hate, they've Won!
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>God Bless America
> >>>Land That I Love
> >>>Stand Beside Her
> >>>And Guide Her
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Make Their Countries Parking Lots.
> >>> Vietnam Vet
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>What would the DaliLama say?
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Towers are small
> >>>Love is Infinite
> >>>No Day But Today
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>[Drawing of a Dog]
> >>>Spot, Protector of All New Yorkers, sez:
> >>>New York will bounce
> >>>Back stronger than ever
> >>>Arf Arf Arf
> >>>
> >>>[As I watched, a father read this to
> >>>his 7-year-old son]
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>My Heart Will Hurt Forever
> >>> Joe
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Peace is the God's One Love
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>To ALL Americans
> >>>Russia Feel Your Pain
> >>> Igor, Alina, Olga, Oleg
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>There can be no world peace without YOU
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>"Live" is a verb
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Bible quotes, "And God shall wipe away
> >>>All tears from their eyes..."
> >>> Rev. 21 :4
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Let us not into Temptation
> >>>And fall in the hands of
> >>>The Greatest Enemy
> >>>HATE
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Don't Give Up People,
> >>>Still life down there
> >>> Signed with a Chinese Ideogram
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>[Enclosed inside a heart]
> >>>USA all the Way and a cross
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>We Must Love Each Other or Die
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>As I watched those buildings fall,
> >>>A part of me died with you.
> >>>New York is my home and you-though I
> >>>did not know you personally-were
> >>>My brothers and sisters. We have
> >>>been dealt a serious blow, but we
> >>>are not defeated.
> >>>God Bless You Families.
> >>> Reggie Liu
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>I believe in the American Liberty
> >>> Camilla Wasclay
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>We All Lost Thousands of Relatives
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>[As I watch a woman kneels and writes]
> >>>Scotty you are in our thoughts and prayers
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>This is the first time in my life I prayed
> >>>For people I didn't know.
> >>> Nash
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>[Red & White Roses and Bluebells lie
> >>>Across a long butcher paper sheet of
> >>>Messages]
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Light a candle in your heart but do not
> >>>Fuel the anger
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Today My Heart Has Been Touched
> >>>By The Spirit Of A Nation
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>WHY?
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Arab & Jew
> >>>Catholic & Protestant
> >>>EveryFucking Body!
> >>>Let's stop fighting and
> >>>Sit down and have a pint
> >>> XOX
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>I'm not ready to kill
> >>>I'm not ready to die
> >>>To Be Honest, I'm hardly
> >>>Ready to Live
> >>>And I'm running out of time
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>[An origami bird with print on
> >>>the wings]
> >>>Not one More life Should be taken [on the left wing]
> >>>[on the right wing] Say it Again
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>We Shall Overcome
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Shanti Shanti Shanti
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>[Scattered among the message papers
> >>>were Red Cross Flyers: Advice For Stress]
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>They will not stop us
> >>>They are cowards
> >>>And must pay
> >>>For what they have done
> >>> FR
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Don't blame the entire Arab world
> >>>They were born into this mess.
> >>>Just like everyone else.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Heros are created
> >>>Everyday when ordinary people
> >>>Risk their lives for others.
> >>>In remembrance for all that risked
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>They All must pay
> >>>They All must die
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>[Hebrew script by one writer;
> >>>then another writer's
> >>>English translation]
> >>>
> >>>Peace will yet come to Us
> >>>and to
> >>>Everyone
> >>>
> >>>[white roses lay on this]
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>My Name is BRIANNA
> >>>M
> >>>IGNaNO and I am 6 years old.
> >>>I would like to tell all the
> >>>Mommys not to cry.
> >>>We will pray for
> >>>your missing children.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>I feel as Blue as this piece of paper
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>To All Victim's Families
> >>>I am deeply sorry.
> >>>I was shocked when I heard what
> >>>happened.
> >>>It's shocking!
> >>>In school no one told us
> >>>what was wrong.
> >>>That made it scarier.
> >>>When we finally found out that the twin towers
> >>>were gone it was shocking.
> >>>It turns out we knew someone on the plane.
> >>>My Mom was friends with her and her husband.
> >>>He wasn't on the plane.
> >>>They also have a dog.
> >>>The day it happened there were roses
> >>>and candles outside their apartment building.
> >>>They lived near us so we saw it before we
> >>>knew she was on the plane.
> >>>Again, I am truly sorry for all your losses.
> >>> Sincerely,
> >>> Sabrina
> >>> 11 years old
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Lehman Brothers
> >>>1 WTC, 38th to 40th Floor-
> >>>Programmmers. Call us and let
> >>>us know you got out too. I
> >>>Love you guys.
> >>> Pamela
> >>>
> >>>Tears of Blood Fall On Our City
> >>> Katheryn Winnick
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>[a large mural with columns of
> >>>
> >>>colorful stick figures of many races
> >>>except for two columns in the middle
> >>>which are empty and white]
> >>>
> >>>We are Still Standing
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Our Hearts Mourn and Our Souls Weep
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>For Heather HO, Windows on the World
> >>>Pastry chef, Fred and Family.
> >>>We are with
> >>>You wherever you are.
> >>> Love, LG 9/13/01
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>ALOHA
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>[On a pillar by the subway tunnel,
> >>>people taped pictures of missing friends
> >>>and relatives]
> >>>
> >>>Letter to Margaret Echterman
> >>>
> >>>We will see you again on Earth or in Heaven
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>I ended my time in the memorial by sitting
> >>>off to one side on a construction lumber pile and
> >>>listening to a lone bagpipe.
> >>>The woman who played wore shorts and a black
> >>>Ghostbusters T-shirt. Somewhat like the shrine,
> >>>she at first appeared a motley mourner. But
> >>>as I watched her pace and listened to her soulful piping,
> >>>I realized No one much cared what she looked like.
> >>>The tears wept in response to her music were all that mattered.
> >>>
> >>>This is my offering to America's Day of Prayer and Rembrance
> >>>Please pass it along.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>--
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Betsy
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Webdesign:
> >>>Personal:
> >>>

November 1, 2001,
Calcutta, India.



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