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More on the WTC Disaster (Updated)

Of course this is not game related (we do not expect to be doing any further game coverage today), but with the legit news sites being almost impossible to access at times today, we've been getting loads of requests for more information about what's been going on. Here is the latest as of about 9:00 PM EDT:

  • President Bush addressed the nation 8:30 PM EDT. Here's a wire report: WASHINGTON (AP) - A grim-faced President Bush condemned ghastly attacks in Washington and New York on Tuesday and vowed to "find those responsible and bring them to justice." In the second Oval Office address of his presidency, Bush said the United States would retaliate against ``those behind these evil acts,'' and any country that harbors them.

To recap:

  • In two separate attacks, hijacked planes struck both main towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan this morning, and both of the "twin towers" subsequently collapsed.
  • A hijacked plane struck the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and part of it has collapsed as well.
  • A hijacked plane crashed in western Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. Reports indicate the hijackers planned to crash this plane into Camp David in Maryland.
  • 47 Story WTC building seven, one of the five (relatively) smaller buildings in the World Trade Center also later collapsed from ancillary damage.
  • The White House, the Pentagon, and the Capitol Building were all evacuated, all domestic flights in the US have been grounded through at least noon tomorrow.
  • Other closings include most federal offices, the stock markets, the Disney theme parks, and the cancellation of today's Major League Baseball schedule. The President's speech announced that all federal agencies will be open for business tomorrow.
  • Broadcasts out of Afghanistan showed evidence of missile attacks and antiaircraft fire, but what connection this has to today's apparent terrorist attacks in the US is not clear at this point. The US has denied involvement in these attacks.
  • In the first hints of any sort at the scope of casualties, the New York City Fire Department has estimated that as many as half of the 400 firefighters dispatched to the scene are missing. CNN has said that 78 Police officers are missing. Also, the death toll from those on the four hijacked planes has been placed at 266. The number of dead and injured at the Pentagon has been widely reported as about 100. No estimates of the number of victims from the World Trade Center have been made.
  • People throughout the United States have are being urged to donate blood to help offset significant shortages in New York and Washington. The American Red Cross in Greater New York or the American Red Cross are places to contact about donating blood or money, or both.
  • Some news sites seem to be back online. Here are some links that have been more reliable: CNN.com; CNET.com; Yahoo; The New York Times; washingtonpost.com; usnews.com; ABCNEWS.com; FOXNews.com; MSNBC; and BBC News Online.

All of our thoughts go out to the victims of these attacks and their families and friends in what must be an incredibly difficult time.

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412. My Considerations Sep 12, 2001, 14:41 anon@24.178
 
It's quite disheartening the amount of little college pups that get on here with their ever-so-wise philisophical views on America and its shortcomings. You guys\gals have it all figured out, right? In your less than 30 years of experience in this world, you can easily, in the span of a message on a message board, point out exactly whats wrong with the US and why we "deserved" what we got.

The reality is (and I don't claim to have everything figured out) such:

1> Many, many people have died because of the fanatical, wrong minded views of some very twisted individuals. Many of the people who died had nothing to do with harming these individuals' views or hampering them from following their religion.

2> Regardless of whether these cowards were from the Middle East, China, wherever, the act was wrong. It is not possible from any viewpoint to condone or justify this act. If you have found some way to even remotely justify this, you are sick. Thats not a matter of "well its my opinion and you can't pass judgement". It's plain wrong and sick. Thats the fact.

3> The people who carried out this act and those harboring them are cowards. Wars and battles are fought between militaries, thats how brave men and women fight and accomplish things such as freedom. Killing thousands of people who have no impact on their views accomplishes nothing except international condemnation of the cause.

4th and finally, realize that no government is perfect. Before saying such sick things such as "The US deserved it", take into consideration that we are in fact the leader of the free world, we are the last remaining super power, and the spirit of the foundation of our country is that even if we disagree with your religion or belief, true Americans will fight and die for your right to believe it. We've done it before, and we're about to do it again.

God bless America and Americans, no matter their race, religion, or ethnic background.
 
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