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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-12-2001, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Originator: HansDate: 9/12/2001 6:11 PM
From the Netherlands: my condolences to all involved in this gruesome act of violence against the free world. I do know, words mean nothing in matters like this, but it is all we can do....
Sorry, Hans, The Netherlands.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-13-2001, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
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Originator: Bill KDate: 9/12/2001 11:24 PM
Words mean a lot!  Especially from people outside the U.S. 
In Portland, Oregon, I'm about as far away from the terror as one could be in this country, but we're all affected.  The impact on us pales compared to the impact on those in NYC and Washington DC, and the people with loved ones there.  My condolences to all.
I was going to say more...but words fail.  I feel so profoundly affected, wondering about my next business trip, concerned about my children and the images they saw yesterday, the future, etc.  Yet I feel guilty about feeling so affected--here still so safe in my home with my family.  I can only try and imagine what it would have been like to have been in NY or Wash, pray for those more affected than I, and also pray that small-minded people looking for scapegoats don't make targets of people of different ethnicity or religion.
May God bless America, and people of love and peace throughout the world.
Thank you for your words...terror is a concern to all civilized persons.
Bill Koran
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-13-2001, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 9/13/2001 5:48 AM
Bill, I thank you for your thoughts, in particular those directed at 'scapegoats.' 99.9999% of those of the Islamic, and other Faiths, view this the same way. We made a tragic mistake in the early 40's vis. a vis. Japanese Americans 99.9999% were good solid citizens of this great country.  Hopefully we've learned from this; some will always find any excuse. To paraphrase Ben Franklin: "those who would give up personal liberty for security will have neither."
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-13-2001, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Originator: DanaDate: 9/13/2001 6:31 AM
I work as a high school counsellor in Vancouver, British Columbia. Everyone that I've come into contact with here is stunned. Horror and deep sadness. As a Canadian I feel an overwhelming sense of outrage and injury that my neighbor and friend to the south has been dealt such a harsh blow.
These are dark days indeed, but in the midst of the chaos the human spirit prevails as we've seen countless times now in the images of the aftermath. And this gives me hope.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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