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Monday, 17 December, 2001, 14:40 GMT
US under attack: Your reactions
Thousands are feared dead after a series of devastating attacks targeting the USA's financial and military centres in New York and Washington.
Send us your reactions to these unprecedented attacks.
I have always felt bad for the people in the other countries like Bosnia, Ireland and those who experience some kind of terror every day. I now know somewhat how they feel and it scares me. I am 32 years old and since this attack have made plans with family with friends and made myself available for anything. I don't want to die without experiencing all that life could give me. Today the company I work for announced another layoff which could in turn affect me. Whoever has done this I hope that you are happy because for the first time in my life I am afraid.
I will never forget that this was done to me but I will forgive because I will not die hating any one or any thing and will not let them run my life.
The perpetrators of this horrendous atrocity apparently claim to have done it for Muslims and Islam. Islam prohibits the killing of non-combatants, children and women and those who have taken shelter in places of worship even during a war. This horrible action cannot be justified at all. Our tears are with the unfortunate victims of this calamity and their relatives
If only a fraction of the compassion shown for America as the recipient of terrorism would have been extended to those who were exposed to terrorism in other parts of the world during the past ten years, then, maybe, we would not have to lament now. Let me cite a sensible comment to the event: "Whether or not it was an attack on civilisation will be determined by our response".
Do not let the lives of all these people be wasted; moreover, do not let anger control your actions (and thereby victimise even more innocent people), but react in a controlled, sensible manner.
I resent and am disappointed by the finger pointing as to why this tragedy happened. As a New Yorker, I find comments about America's foreign policy to be ill-timed and insensitive. The individuals who planned and executed this attack were religious fanatics full of hatred in their hearts. They point to the liberal atmosphere of America as a corrupting force. Bottom line - Please spare us the blame right now - the feelings are still raw.
I am a US citizen I have lived abroad as a volunteer physician for the last ten years. In that time I have listened to people's complaints and differences with the Americans. Years ago I realized that the world had changed and that eventually the US would have to deal with very serious terrorist attacks. After two sleepless nights after the attack, I started my day delivering a new baby. During the delivery I thought of how important this birth was for my psyche - one, new life for this world... And I pray that our World leadership, while deciding the fate of our beautiful world think soundly and clearly.
So, whether you live in New York, Washington, or Oklahoma or anywhere in the world for that matter, we have all been affected by the tragic events to our country on Tues. morning, Sept. 11. Our prayer is that our President and leaders will make wise, precise decisions that will not only affect our nation but nations around the world.
This bombing bring back my childhood memory when US Air Force did carpet bombing in South East Asia. The taste of pain and suffering is so great that only the person who experience the real thing by himself can understand. Now the same bitter taste and despair come back again.
I would say it should be a wake up call for Bush and the American people - instead of go out raining the terror all over the world again, put your foot in someone else's shoes for a change and pray hard for peace. Mr Bush should change his ideology and policy as Mr Clinton did after Oklahoma.
I am very disappointed with the lack of sophistication of the leadership of the USA. Is threatening to attack a poverty-stricken country going to solve anything? Why is it unreasonable that the Talibans ask for proof before extraditing ben Laden? Would the USA extradite an IRA terrorist to England just based on the British Government making a demand??
In the past it has been very difficult bringing these terrorists back to justice as the USA has financed and protected them. Bush's shoot-from-the-hip "dead or alive" rhetoric is solving nothing and is just creating more enemies. What's he going to do when he has pressured Pakistan into a civil war? Get a grip man and start thinking!
Now, I am sad and I may say terrified of what I saw on TV. What scared me most is the anger and calls to revenge from Americans. I can understand them, but this time I will try to open their eyes as they did for me the same. Please, don't revenge. Only love can win. I am praying for you all. God bless America
It is so hard to understand why people would want to do this to our nation. It is even harder to understand why we would feel the need to retaliate by killing many other innocent people. We need to find just the people that are responsible, not a whole group or religion that includes innocent people.
Jane Dicker, UK
The fight against terrorists should not result in attacking specific states and their innocent civilians. The attacks of September 11 were done by radicals, not unlike Timothy McVeigh. By invading Afghanistan or other countries, the number of radicals and potential terrorists would most likely increase as a result. Let's look for justice, not war. Let's police the world better, involving the whole global community.
Syeda Anny, Pakistan
I came to America with nothing but hope! America took me in, fed me, clothed me and educated me! America took me in and taught me that the individual is important! America took me in and assured me that I shall not live in fear! America took me and assured me that I can speak freely. America took me in and gave the right to vote for a president! (A right I never dreamed of having!). America took me in and gave me safe streets.
America I am now afraid! America I am now ashamed! America I now live in fear! America I am now depressed! America I am now angry, I have taken so much for granted! America how can I explain this to my children! America my children are yours! America, this is my body and soul: take them and use them for a sword, so that my children will not live in fear and shame!
America my eyes are in tears!
America I cry for both of us!
Eda, Istanbul, Turkey
My deep condolence for the Americans.
I'm shocked and I'm with You with all my heart
This was a barbaric attack. This is not the right way to show the vengeance towards a nation or an individual. I convey my heartfelt condolences for the loss of lives in this incident. Life is much more precious.
Edward Hammerbeck, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
It is terrorism to the core. No reason on this earth will justify these dastardly acts. The culprits, whoever they are and wherever they are should be apprehended and brought to book. One would not have expected such a security lapse in the United States - how was it that such a large-scale, well-planned and unprecedented terrorist act went undetected?
Dear American brothers and sisters.
As we try to make our lives normal again, even though there are military police trucks at the street corners, I have been encouraged and moved by the support of many of my friends in the UK. I have received emails with words of love and support, that their thoughts and prayers are with us. To hear these words from people across the world, and to know that we have the support of all of Europe, as shown in their 3 minutes of silence today has encouraged me. I am sure the families and loved ones of the victims appreciate the gestures that have made, such as the playing of the US national anthem at the Change of the Guard. Thank you!
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