[Sep 11, 2001, 9:30 pm ET] - Share - Viewing Comments
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:
- 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.
- 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
- 47 Story WTC building seven, one of the five (relatively) smaller
buildings in the World Trade Center also later collapsed from ancillary
- 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
- 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;
The New York Times; washingtonpost.com;
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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||Re: Why this is and who we think we are
||Sep 12, 2001, 09:30
|There were people of almost every race and religion in the World Trade Center. I am amazed that everyone isn't outraged by this.
Tourists from all over europe died yesterday. Business men from all over Asia died yesterday. Dignitaries from Africa died yesterday.
A christian, a jew, a muslim, an anarchist, a wiccan, an atheist, and a voodoo minister walk in to the world trade center. There is no punchline. Just the hollow memory of people we loved and people we never got the chance to know.
The trade center was as diverse as america itself. I don't care who you are or what you believe, but the wholesale slaughter of innocent people is nothing to balk at. I would feel the same way if a flight of F-16s with Israeli pilots had torched all of the gaza strip, or if American B-52's carpet bombed a factory and all outlying buildings.
To say that those who commited this act and those that are harboring them are just as guilty just makes yesterday's attack valid. They want us to stoop to their level and get our hands dirty in their "holy war" or whatever they want to call it.
Our vengence isn't any better than their cleansing. If we really want revenge, then we should do the right thing. The civilized thing: Find them, Put them on trial, and have them condemned by their own people, race, and/or religion for the horror that they have wrought on their fellow man, and then have the executed.
Arabs may have had nothing to do with this attack. But it is more likely that one arab individual has. He doesn't speak for all arabs. Just like I don't speak for all middle-class white males.
I do think that we all know yesterday was a tragedy. It would have been a tragedy had it happened anywhere. Moscow, Bejing, Riyadh, Tehran, Baghdad, Paris, London, Cairo.
Innocent life has been taken. No cause in the world supports that.