Reactions to the attack on America
It took intelligence and patience to plan and execute the terrorist attacks. It is going to take more intelligence and patience to reduce the threat of terrorism in the future. Going into Afghanistan with a big stick may satisfy some North Americans in the short term, but the cost of innocent lives on both sides will be a bitter pill we will not want to swallow. It will also tar us with the same brush and make living in North America without the threat of terrorism no better. We need to use our brains first. That is what the terrorists did.
Helen Janca Scott
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's non-attendance at ground zero in New York is appalling. It does not represent the heart of Canada, a people who deeply care about the tragedy in New York.
I'd like to think well of the Americans, but it's not easy. CNN is as warmongering as William Randolph Hearst was a century ago. And the republic's fraudulently elected, massively ignorant, and irredeemably stupid president demonstrates his deeply buried but transparently obvious sense of personal inadequacy with every speech he makes. His invocations of God are at least as far from Christian teaching as the Taliban are from Islam. I only hope it is fear, not conviction, that prevents our own government from distancing us from the bloodthirsty immorality of the U.S. stance.
We Americans have received condolences and an outpouring of love from around the world. As one American, I'd like to return some of that feeling, and offer condolences to the Canadians who lost loved ones in the attack.
Rene S. DeMattei, Fort Collins, CO
The Prime Minister must show commitment and not a neutral stance when he meets U.S. President George W. Bush. He should shelve the political aspect of this for a moment and clearly state his initiative and commitment as those before him did.
Can you find out if Ralph Nader still thinks that it made no difference whether George Bush or Al Gore was elected?
Many cry that Canada was not mentioned in U.S. President George W. Bush's address last Thursday. Such lack of self-esteem makes me sick.
Re Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, after giving his assurances to the United States that we would help in any way, should have been right there at ground zero with British Prime Minister Tony Blair. He should also have been in the joint session that U.S. President George W. Bush addressed on Sept. 21. It is understandable that Canadians are outraged at this slight, but at the end of the day, it was Canada's leaders who brought this slight upon us.
Greg Hutchinson, Dartmouth, N.S.
It brings me to tears to see how much hatred can destroy human life. Children will pay a large price for these terrorist actions, which will again test their faith as they sit hoping that peace will be reached.
As a Canadian living in the United States, I feel a newfound respect and admiration for my American friends. The senseless and vile acts have brought forth warmth, compassion and courage in going forward.
The CSIS report on terrorism said our intelligence services knew of terrorist cells in Canada. We have to give them back the resources they had during the Cold War so we can do our part.
Shame on Prime Minister Jean Chrétien for not going to New York. Does he really need to be told how Canadians feel or does he need a poll result?
Terry Fellows MD
We believe that U.S. President George W. Bush snubbed Canada Thursday in his address to the world. Not snubbed by the Americans, but by Mr. Bush himself. Are we the only ones who sat there in disbelief as Mr. Bush named nation after nation, country after country, all those who not only lost their lives in the horror of Sept. 11, but those who also sent support and relief?
Michael and Sandra Mason, Medicine Hat, Alberta
The U.S needs to have proof that Osama bin Laden was behind the terrorist attacks. It seems that there is no other possibility at this point, but it does need to be proved to show everyone that it is certain that this is who did this hideous crime.
The terrorist attacks could be understood in relation to the tragedy of the Titanic. The Titanic was a great ship that everyone thought unsinkable. Ship workers thought that icebergs should strike the Titanic; the resulting damage would not be significant. Similarly, it seems that there were some warnings and indicators that Osama bin Laden and his associates were planning an attack, but these were not given intense, serious attention. Perhaps there was the belief that their attacks would be anticipated or contained in time before serious damage.