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Friday, September 14, 2001


Rescue.......Recover......Revenge — written in dust — for now.

NEW YORKERS ARE A RELATIVELY impatient lot. Each of us has our own agenda. Our general reaction to changes in our environment is "What's in it for me?" and if it looks like something worth having, "Can I get it yesterday?" Around the World Trade Center where the dust is thick and heavy enough to hold graffiti for more than an hour, someone has written "War"and "God Help Us" and of course, untypeable obscenities as comments on the changes that took place on Black Tuesday. But we are a goal oriented group as well. On the wall at the epicenter someone has scrawled this suggestion on how to proceed. Rescue, Recover, Revenge. This shows our grim love of priorities. Save lives, recover the dead and then support a fire storm from hell to rain down on those who have to savagely tried to destroy us. We are still in the first two phases and very busy.

In order to understand the quiet ferocity under which we are currently living you have to know that New Yorkers are junkies about their city. Mainliners and stoners so hooked on the excitement, the people, the chance to change one's life that this great city promises and delivers, that they die a little when they have to be away from it for too long. New York is their White Lady. Their drug of choice and they cannot, will not live without it. This is why our Mayor cries when he talks of dead fire fighters. They die for this city and for us.

Today I got an E mail from a non-New Yorker whom I love a lot. A good and abiding friend who is not from here but from some bosky southern glen that drips moss and musk, where men say ma'am, still wear hats and tip them and ladies still use fans and talcum powder. He said this has all been too much, too horrible, too scary. He and his lovely southern wife and Bottecelliesque child want to leave - go anywhere where he can make a living - just go - get out of hell on earth where buildings blow up in the shimmering morning sun and snot-nosed teen-age cretins beat up innocent Arab American grocers on Atlantic Avenue.

Last night, he writes, he and his wife stopped in for a bite to eat at a local cafe. There was a firemen at a table. My friend's toddler recognized a hero and offered him his "sippie" cup. The most valuable thing the baby owned.

I wrote my friend that even though he was not a native New Yorker he shouldn't leave, that a child with that kind of judgment deserved to be raised here. Bring up a different kind of kid. One who doesn't cut and run when the going gets dusty and bloody and scary.

LAST NIGHT my older son Josh spent the night in the "hole" at the World Trade Center. They gave him a respirator, an iridescent flash vest, a hardhat that a falling steel beam would crack like a robin's egg, water and as many sandwiches as he had time to scarf down. Because he is a street level working New Yorker, he had the right shoes. This is a town where having proper foot gear can mean everything.

When the crew boss decided Josh was about to collapse with fatigue they told him to go lie down on one of the cots set up in the American Express building (later evacuated. It too, was about the go down.) On his way to a cot he noticed that other workers never made it to the building with the cots. They just sank down on the rubble and slept. Sometimes they fell down in puddles and slept. It didn't matter. When your bones weep, sleep is sleep.

The nightly news showed Clinton on the street here in New York. He was in front of Curry in the Hurry on Lexington Avenue miles from the scene or carnage. He had his arms around a comely, crying brunette holding a picture of a missing loved one. He was feeling her .....pain. Doing something for himself, not New York. Sorry, that may be crass but my loathing for his man requires medication. What, dear God, is he doing here in the first place?

Josh returned from his labors around 2 this afternoon. He had walked most of the way from downtown. He reported that as he dragged his dust covered body passed the loaded cafes, people applauded. A bartender was hanging out a flag in the Village. Josh had strength enough to remind him to fly it at half staff. He got home, showered, changed his crusted shirt and at 5 p.m. he went back downtown.

It is morning now and Josh has not returned from the "hole" where the biggest job is sorting body parts. Matching a leg to another leg, a hand to an arm. If he finds something he gives it to a medic who takes it to be logged. He and thousands are working like this hour on end. They are too old to own and offer a "sippie" cup. Their heart and spine is all they have to give. These are New Yorkers. They don't quit (Fuggetaboutit), they are tough (Wanna make somethin' of it?) and unforgiving (You gonna pay for that, man)

Rescue, recover....that's for now. Revenge?

Hey, bin Laden! Yo momma!

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this is london , by Anthony France Original Article
Posted By: blondie - 9/14/2001 6:21:16 PM    Post Reply
As the drum beat of war sounded from America and began to spread around the world, awesome firepower is being gathered and military chiefs are studying a range of retaliation options - including heavy bombing and the use of elite troops. With the President being granted a $40 billion war chest by Congress, US officials have confirmed that the Pentagon's Joint Military Command were considering everything from strikes by heavy bombers to cruise missiles and even the use of elite Special Operations troops. As yet they lack a target, but high on any list at the moment is Afghanistan and the headquarters of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, named officially now as a prime suspect.

Why Logan Airport?
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Posted By: ptolemy - 9/14/2001 6:16:44 PM    Post Reply
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Terrorism: A Cause for Reflection - Thread Closed
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Posted By: Wife O Lo Mejor - 9/14/2001 6:14:20 PM    Post Reply
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Posted By: ptolemy - 9/14/2001 6:11:50 PM    Post Reply
As brave men burrow through the rubble of our shattered peace, searching in vain for the living, recovering mostly the dead, there is something else that eludes them, something that may be lost to us all, thankfully, for a long, long time: The "other" side of the story. Once upon a time before Sept. 11, the world was filled with double-sided uncertainties, open-ended philosophical questions that resisted any grasp of good and evil. A spectrum of elegant gray, it was said, was far superior to simplistic notions of black and white. Who were we to say, it was said, what was right and what was wrong? Indeed, how could one way of life be "better" than another? No more.

Congress Considers Airline Compensation Bill
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Posted By: Liberty7 - 9/14/2001 6:09:16 PM    Post Reply
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Posted By: Whistful - 9/14/2001 6:07:53 PM    Post Reply
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Rescuers chant "USA-USA;" as Bush declares national emergency
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Posted By: Gray Ghost - 9/14/2001 6:03:47 PM    Post Reply
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) - Chanting "USA - USA", exhausted police, rescue workers and firefighters found new energy to stomp their feet and flourish flags amid the ruins of New York's World Trade Center on Friday and hailed President George W. Bush as the symbol of an America that would revive, recover and retaliate for the terrorist wounds gouged into its heart. "Thank you for your hard work - thank you for making America proud," Bush told them, in a moment when his presidency struck a chord of moral unity and resolve with an outraged and grieving nation. Earlier Friday, Bush formally declared a national state of emergency, citing the threat of further attacks, and approved the activation of up to 50,000 military reservists as the U.S. Senate authorized him to use all necessary force against those responsible for the deadly terror attacks that sent hijacked civilian airliners hurtling into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. A fourth hijacked airliner crashed in Pennsylvania.

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Posted By: Gray Ghost - 9/14/2001 6:03:33 PM    Post Reply
TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Palestinian police Friday confiscated videotape showing Hamas demonstrators marching with pictures of Osama bin Laden, suspected of having masterminded this week's terrorist attacks in the United States, Israeli and Palestinian sources said. The news follows claims that Palestinian officials tried to prevent the broadcast of celebrations of the suicide hijackings Tuesday.

Bush Vows to Strike Back
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush (news - web sites) toured the devastated site of the World Trade Center Friday, ground zero in the worst terrorist attack on American soil, and told an army of cheering search and rescue workers, ``The people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.'' ``USA USA USA'' came back the cheers. The visit to New York amid wartime-style security came hours after Bush approved the call-up of 50,000 reservists and Congress voted a $40 billion down payment to begin the rebuilding - and set the stage for the worldwide war on terrorism the president has pledged.

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Posted By: Gray Ghost - 9/14/2001 5:57:51 PM    Post Reply
NEW YORK (AP) - Mud-spattered rescue crews, chanting ``USA! USA!,'' got a morale-boosting visit Friday from President Bush as they searched in vain for signs of life in the ruins of the World Trade Center. ``Thank you for your hard work, thank you for making the nation proud,'' the president told the workers through a bullhorn.

`We go to such extremes to save even one life'
nj.com news flash (AP), by ALAN CLENDENNING / SARA KUGLER Original Article
Posted By: blondie - 9/14/2001 5:43:07 PM    Post Reply
In the middle of the night, in the middle of the carnage, in the middle of the desperate search for survivors, now and again a firefighter would suddenly stop, sit and weep. "The tears would just stream," said Alan Manevitz, a Manhattan psychiatrist volunteering at the scene of the World Trade Center catastrophe. "One guy threw up. You'd bring them a glass of water and they'd get back up and go to work." On a mound of destruction that promises only twisted metal, scorched paper, splintered wood and body parts, the rescue workers are getting through their horrific task because they are "guided, consciously and unconsciously, by their training to help save a life," Manevitz said. "Even though they're tired and sad and angry, they're determined and still going forward with things." "We go to such extremes to save even one life," he added. "And terrorists go to such extremes to destroy lives."

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Posted By: Gray Ghost - 9/14/2001 5:41:35 PM    Post Reply
JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) Agha Gul, a businessman familiar with this part of eastern Afghanistan, pointed to an arid outcropping over a thick stand of trees. "The Arabs are over there, hundreds of them," he said. "That's one of Osama's big camps." The Arabs are the fighters who serve Osama bin Laden, the man U.S. officials say is the likeliest suspect behind Tuesday's attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The village Gul was pointing to was Darunta, five miles west of the ancient city of Jalalabad astride the Khyber Pass, and one of several potential targets for U.S. retaliation. Anxious not to draw any fire, Afghans living in and around Jelalabad are quick to insist that the Arabs, who until a few days ago roamed freely through the marketplace, have hardly been seen since Tuesday.

FBI: 12 of 19 Hijackers in World Trade Center, Pentagon Attacks Had Ties in Florida
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Posted By: Gray Ghost - 9/14/2001 5:39:41 PM    Post Reply
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Cell phones shift from nifty gadgets to lifeline
NJ.com news flash (AP), by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO Original Article
Posted By: blondie - 9/14/2001 5:39:37 PM    Post Reply
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Posted By: Amy Sheehan - 9/14/2001 5:32:30 PM    Post Reply
The cockpit voice recorder from the jet that crashed into the Pentagon and that held most promise of revealing the details of Tuesday's hijacking was so badly damaged no information could be retrieved. "The cockpit voice recorder from the Pentagon is cooked. They're not getting any useful stuff out of it," a reliable source informed The Washington Times. National Transportation Safety Board officials refused to answer questions about the recorder salvaged from the remains of American Airlines Flight 77 because the FBI has control of the investigation.

Bush promises terrorists will get message soon
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Posted By: Tygerlily - 9/14/2001 5:32:08 PM    Post Reply
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Posted By: Theodore - 9/14/2001 5:28:16 PM    Post Reply
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Time To Use The Nuclear Option
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Posted By: MindBender26 - 9/14/2001 5:27:01 PM    Post Reply
The time has come for the United States to make good on its past pledges that it will use all military capabilities at its disposal to defend U.S. soil by delivering nuclear strikes against the instigators and perpetrators of the attacks against the nation's political capital and the nation's financial capital. At a bare minimum, tactical nuclear capabilites should be used against the bin Laden camps in the desert of Afghanistan. To do less would be rightly seen by the poisoned minds that orchestrated these attacks as cowardice on the part of the United States and the current administration. To consider use of the nation's nuclear forces, in the present circumstances, cannot be brushed aside as an overly emotional response to the unknown face of terrorism. To begin with, we know who that face belongs to, and we know where a goodly portion of his logistical and training capabilities are located. A series of low-level, tactical nuclear strikes in the Afghanistan desert would pose no risk to large population centers and would carry little risk of fallout spreading to populated areas. Also, our nuclear capabilities were designed to include just such a mission, and they are capable of fulfilling such a

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In a powerful demonstration of solidarity with Americans, more than 200,000 Berliners gathered before the Brandenburg Gate on Friday, many remembering the U.S. for rebuilding Germany after World War II and sustaining the city during the Soviet blockade. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and President Johannes Rau were joined by Washington's new ambassador, Dan Coats, and Cabinet and parliament members in the show of sympathy for Tuesday's attacks on symbols of U.S. economic and military power: the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

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Posted By: StevieTime - 9/14/2001 5:12:17 PM    Post Reply
German police have confirmed an Iranian man phoned US police from his deportation cell to warn of the planned attack on the World Trade Centre. The Lower Saxony Justice Ministry has confirmed the man warned of the impending series of terrorist attacks, but had not been believed.

Will U.S. want control of borders?
Toronto Star, by Chantal Hébert Original Article
Posted By: Philly Flash - 9/14/2001 5:12:12 PM    Post Reply
WHAT DO Zimbabwe, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Greece have in common? All are among the countries whose citizens need a visa to visit the United States but not to visit Canada. These days, the Canadian list of countries whose citizens are allowed to visit without a visa is twice as long as its American equivalent. In contrast with Canada's, the U.S. list of visa-exempt foreigners features no African country and precious few non-white nations. By and large, their list is made up of the richer nations of the world. How long these differences will be allowed to persist in the wake of this week's terror is just one of the many questions arising from the new North American security paradigm. What is certain is that it did not take long for the United States to signal that it wanted to get more of a handle on its Canadian back door

Hamas, Egypt Group Back Taliban, Urge Muslim Unity
Reuters, by Nidal al-Mughrabi Original Article
Posted By: Tiggeriffic - 9/14/2001 5:11:40 PM    Post Reply
GAZA (Reuters) - A senior official of the Islamist militant group Hamas, echoing calls by Taliban clerics in Afghanistan, urged Muslims on Friday to unite against any U.S. retaliation for the terror attacks in New York and Washington. In Cairo, the spokesman of Egypt's largest Muslim fundamentalist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, defended the Taliban's threat of revenge for any U.S. action against Afghanistan and urged Washington to show restraint. "I join the cause for Muslims to be united in order to deter the United States from launching war against Muslims in Afghanistan," the Hamas official, Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi, said in response to the calls by clerics in Kabul. "It is impossible for Muslims to stand handcuffed and blindfolded while other Muslims, their brothers, are being attacked. The Muslim world should stand up against the American threats which are fed by the Jews," Rantissi told Reuters. Taliban clerics used Friday prayers to urge Muslims around the world to unite against the United States if it attacked Afghanistan, and threatened revenge "by other means" in the event of such attacks. The United States says Osama bin Laden, who lives in Afghanistan as a "guest" of the Taliban, is a prime suspect in Tuesday's

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