[Sep 11, 2001, 8:30 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: This War
||Sep 18, 2001, 17:46
|Our humanity will progress with or without the acceptance of religion or God into our lives.
We can't let this be about religion. The enemy will win if we let this theme go in that direction. The theme of the war is about sensless and brutal attacks -- and justice.
The fundamentalists would love us to take an anti-religious stance, because it fuels their fire. Saying people will survive without God only proves we are heathens meant to be purged from the Earth. Remember these fundamentalists are attacking our morals and our integrity. We must fight them with integrity and high morals.
Chalk it up to world-wide growing pains, and as a world we are facing severe growing pains now that select people from the middle east have successfully attacked two prime targets in the west.
We must retaliate. The questions remain -- who, what, where, how and when?
The interesting part of this mess, to me, is that paranoia could have prevented the attack. If we were a little more skeptical of everyone, we might design a plane or better yet, a means of mass transit that does not involve sitting conscious while you travel. Maybe a "people-cargo" plane needs to be invented that uses a form of knockout gas to render people unconscious before they fly. Or maybe a cryo-tube type aparatus. Surely we would recover the cost on efficiency, since you could stack passengers and fill a plane right up!
I think it's down the road, and the same kind of technology would be required for deep space travel. I think we need to find a way to also use virtual offices more, to spread out our population so it isn't such a lush target for terrorism.
Just a few thoughts, really.