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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:;; Yahoo; The New York Times;;;;; 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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643. First post Sep 18, 2001, 17:18 Thomas
What should Bush do? He got about four choices...

First he could do nothing. He could just improve the US safety and leave this incident alone, simply because he has no concrete target. Nobody know if it is Osama bin Laden and nobody want a war. Choosing to do nothing will change the image of US to a weak country.

Second he could say it is Osama bin Laden(since we don't have other known target) and could try to get him throught diplomacy. However do you really believe someone like Osama bin Laden will surrender? There is no way on earth he will, since he knows he will get killed by "accident", or will get to face an one-side jury.

Third Bush could go for a quick war: Atomic bomb? Neutron bomb... which a lot of American want. It is obvious... it is the US policy... it is an eye for an eye, blood for blood. Now this idea will killed more than one innocent person. He will destroy the ecology of the country, and I strongly believe no country on earth will support US after that.

Fourth, Bush could decide to attack strategic targets. That sounds much better than the 3rd option. But what are you going to target? Military bases? Done by the soviet. Some suspect buildings? Done already. Schools? Done too. Actually Afghanistan is a very poor country. There are not much left to destroy but rocks or cheap houses. Would you waste a few rockets that cost thousand $$ to destroy a $10 house? Well we are right now wasting money by using the most high tech equipment, and by moving troops around for a possible war. We are really using the best equipement and probably everybody is laughing at us. Who will send an invisible to radar jet to a country that don't even have a radar? Who will send some troops to a country you don't even know, against some people who have nothing to lose and have many years of experience in war. The Soviet and the English people tried to beat them. They lost! And now I keep on hearing that people want revenge. All you will get is a lot of blood on both sides, a lot of money wasted to get or kill one guy, and US will get a very bad image from the rest of the world. Not only we are already appearing to the world as the fat guy who go to the Burger King everyday, but we are on top arrogant and stupid. This solution is completly worthless but it looks like most people I read about believe in(

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