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Remember September 11th - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
September 11th, 2001
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Remember September 11th
Two planes have crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City. Another crashed into the Pentagon. Hundreds and hundreds dead.

From faraway Israel, I listen to the news in quiet sadness. Not horror. Not shock. I'm Israeli -- I hear about bombs and dead people every day. Not having seen a single picture yet, I am distant enough to contemplate the potential consequences. Chief among those is that terrible word: WAR. This may be the first day of a new, terrible war.

Not being religious, and not thinking much of humanity's political systems and their ability to cooperate benignly, I am very pessimistic, and feel that mankind will have cause to remember September 11th, 2001 for more than the terrorist acts themselves, but as an opening chord of some grander, more terrible symphony. This musical metaphor immediately brings to mind Bejamin Britten's War Requiem, a classical requiem with English text from the poems of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon intertwined with the Latin. I shudder.

update: More planes hijacked, more crashes at the Pentagon... Books will be written about this black day, already termed "The Greatest Terrorist Catastrophe in the History of Mankind". I sit and hear the constant breaking news, powerless and remote (no worse off than being powerless and near, of course), and I am numb. More pain, more deaths, less reason, less compassion. And someone, somewhere, considers this good and worthwhile, profitable. Arrrgh!

Current Mood: black
Current Music: silence, distant radios

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From:alyna
Date:September 11th, 2001 07:33 am (UTC)

The Day The Earth Stood Still

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I am also very badly perturbed. This is quite a bit worse than the time that the World Trade Center was bombed a few years ago...and the Pentagon is a government building, no less.

The US has always been prone to rashness when isolated acts terrorism were involved, and things will be even worse this time, given our despicable leader and his proximity to the Pentagon at the time of the crash. I fear the worst...
From:alyna
Date:September 11th, 2001 07:36 am (UTC)
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Actually, the Prez was in Florida 'reading to children' at the time, but still...
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 12th, 2001 08:33 am (UTC)

The future

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Yes, yes indeed.
The future does seem bleak and gloomy right now,
but staying loyal to my nick name, allow me to be optimistic for a moment.
couldn’t this horrible tragedy end (after a long and bad period) with a victory against terrorism.
Perhaps the war you dread horrible as it may be will result with a better future.
I think that maybe it can. I realize that it might not happen and that the price will probably be countless senseless deaths. But at this time long before any of us know the consequences of this occurrence, I reserve the right to be afraid and hope for the best.

Joy.

Current mood: lavender
Current music: The Beatles


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