9/11 Remembered

I have alluded previously to the prior existence of The Asylum. It and it’s sister site existed during 9/11. Here are some reactions that were posted at the time:

9/11/01 – BalconyDive – 15:04
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I had this whole update planned about writing a tree & my engligh & psych classes from yesterday but thatll probably end up waiting a day or two.

By know you know what happened today. We’ve yet to know WHO set this attack up or even WHY but I do knot this…thank god for W. Just wait…W will get to the bottom of this & avenge the needless death. The smart money seems to be on Osama Bin Laden, the Afghanistan cocksucking terrorist who blew up the U.S.S. Cole. A Palistinian group reportadley took credit for the attack but that report was later disregarded meaning either they recinded or someone was jumping to conclussions.

A mass of people in Palestine did however file into the streets celebrating.Singing, Dancing, Chanting ”God is Good”, and passing out Candy.

Every news outlet & ”Ex” or ”Retired” millitairy higherup or Governmental higherup has pointed the finger at Osama Bin Laden and have called this a war like attack. When this does escilate to World War III I wish that I could enlist and go kill the fucks that did this…

9/11/01 – Miss Fiend – 19:44
Where were you on 9/11/01?
I was at work. Trying to work, I was very busy actually until I turned on the radio and I was shocked by the news. Then it was like the whole company just shut down, we all stayed, watched the news but little got done.

I went through the same shock, horror, anger and grief as everyone else. I am appalled and devestated by the lives lost.

I shall wait though, and hope that the people who are responsible are punished. I will hope that another innocent does not die.

9/11/01 – VanillaIceStoleMyGum – 19:55
The attack, the illusion of security, and ramblings.
I’m really starting to realize I’ve enjoyed the illusion of security in this country as much as the next guy. The realization that I’m just as capable as anyone of assuming I’m in a perfectly safe place, and even of saying “fuck the world as long as I’m safe HERE,” is enough to make me hate myself. I’ve fooled myself into believing I’m above that sort of thing, but the way I feel right now is proving me wrong.

The truth is, this kind of thing has been going on all over the world (although this is certainly the largest terrorist attack I can ever remember hearing of,) and I’d love to pretend that every incident in every country has affected me as much as this. But it hasn’t. It’s at my doorstep now, and that makes all the difference in the world. It shouldn’t, though, should it? We’re all human beings, and I’ve always believed all people are equal.

Go look at the Yahoo News message boards if you want to get sick…there are repeated messages on there suggesting that we go out into the streets, burn down all the Mosques, and shoot all the Arabs we see.

Given the muscle-flexing bully we’ve got running the country, what’s next? We’re going to declare war on somebody. We’ve already decided, without any evidence as far as I can tell, that Osama Bin Laden, our latest Saddam/Darth Vader figure, is resposible for the attack. Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t. Before we make the mistake Clinton made and just start bombing the fuck out of places we THINK Bin Laden might be, though, shouldn’t we make sure he’s really involved? YES, he’s an asshole, but he may or may not be the one responsible for this. The last major terrorist act in this country wasn’t committed by a dark-skinned Arab named Osama…it was committed by a white-skinned American named Timothy.

I’m rambling now. I know that. This has just really gotten to me. I can’t even get my mind around the devastation and my fears about what’s coming.

For now, I guess all I can do is offer my sincere condolensces to those who have lost friends and family.

I encourage anyone who is able to donate blood or money to the Red Cross. They’re gonna be very busy in the upcoming days. They accept online donations via credit card.

I hope with all my heart that this is the end of the violence.

“An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind” – Gandhi

Tim

9/12/01 – Mack – 11:48
Shittiness Supreme…
A lot of people have been waiting for me to weigh in on what’s happened. Wondering what tidbits of wisdom I may provide to the current situation. Well this is one of those rare times when I am at a loss for words.

Yesterday the nation was gripped by sheer and utter terror during an attack which outweighs every surprise attack (terrorist or otherwise) that has ever come against our nation. The final body count from this will be staggering. The loss of life, unimaginable. The number of lives affected by this, too vast to explain.

All I can say is, we’ve witnessed history. This is a time which will be reflected upon for a long, long time. The actions and decisions made from this point on will be studied by our children’s children.

That being said, I would advise you all to watch your behavior. All signs point to Osama Bin-Laden at this point, but we really do not know who has done this. Enemies of freedom and liberty are not restricted to residing in the Middle East alone. Before we mobilize our mob mentality and start screaming to nuke all the ‘ragheads’ and whatnot, let us at least make sure we are condeming the correct people. Acting against innocents would make us no better than the terrorists which we have so come to despise.

I do support a swift, hard and punishing retaliation to this act. There is no doubt this is the Pearl Harbor of our time and we are at war with whoever did this, whether they be a rag-tag military group hiding in some country, an actual government of another nation, or a group of our own citizens living right here within our borders. Whoever did this, will have the entire force of the United States come down upon them. And come down hard.

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