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Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006

Reactions to the attack on America

The impact of this terrorist attack is so strong that it affected my seven-year-old son. He cried, stating "Mama I don't want to fight in a war". My God, what are we going to do? A mother's question.
Ana Jackson

Very sad, tragic. Our hearts go out to all Americans. I just wish the media would let us know if there is anything more we can do. You can only give so much blood. Is there any groups sending money, supplies etc.?? Let us know if we can help. Calgary sends its love and support.
Amber Kirk

Whoever orchestrated this catastrophe is the sickest on the face of this great earth of ours. This goes out to these perpetrators: be careful what you wish for, you just may get it.
Lawrence Sider Jr.

I believe this horrible tragedy is the worst experience I have had during my time on this Earth. My heart mourns for those who have lost their lives and for all of those who have lost family, friends, and co-workers. I am ashamed that my fellow human beings are capable of such cowardice. I pray for peace and understanding from the world community. I believe we must be careful of our anger and our irrational judgments. This horrific event must not be retaliated with more ignorance. My fellow Americans, I share in your grief and heartache. Let our nation be strong and united. Let our resolve be an example to the world of our fairness and our freedom. Love to all.
Chris Davis

The illusion of peace has been shattered for us in North America. The reality, of course, is that we have always had violence, but never at this scale. Now we can no longer ignore it. Our fathers and grandfathers fought hard to protect our freedom. They were willing both to kill and be killed. Now we must do the same. As abhorrent as violence is, we will only achieve peace if we demonstrate both our willingness and our greater ability to employ it. The use of violence must always be when there is no other choice. For those who pray: pray for wisdom for those who must make these decisions.
Gordon Wilson

I am shocked and mortified that a cowardly act with this type of magnitude can happen in today's society. The people responsible can rest assured that this will not make North America weaker I believe that this will bring all citizens together to fight terrorism in this great country. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this unbelievable act of cowardice.
Bonnie Gorynuik

I could not believe that something this awful could happen. Especially to the U.S. where there is such a big military force. It just goes to show you that no one country or individual is invincible. Even when we think that we live in a Country/continent as ours, anyone can come in and do us harm, no matter of good or advanced our military technology is. What made me feel even sadder was seeing the pictures taken in the Middle East of people dancing in the street - to see them celebrating this monstrous disaster. What a very sad day it was. I just wanted to call every one I know and tell them that I love them, because you never know what will happen. I just pray that something like this never happens again - in the U.S., Canada or anywhere else in the world. My prayers go out the family members of those whose lives were lost and I pray that some justice will be done.
Brigitte Montag
Mississauga, Ont.

The attack is a serious offence to humanity and values. The persons behind it should be prosecuted, ensuring that there is no such remains of the offenders - which may trigger a slow cold war between countries from where they have emerged.
Biswajit Sarangi
Karlsruhe University, Germany

I think these attacks were as horrifying as the stories my mother described when she was a child imprisoned in Auschwitz in World War II. No news source mentioned how fast the jets were going when they impacted the towers and the pentagon. If the aircraft had over 500mph cruising speeds, were they traveling much slower or not? Could they have been even more devastating?
Leo Matarasso

I think that these events have shown to the world and I hope to the government of George Bush that the more likely threats to the U.S. are not that of missiles from so-called 'rogue states' that can barely afford to feed their own people. Rather, the more immediate threat to the U.S. and to Canada are from the exploitation of lax security measures at the entry points to North America. Americans and Canadians have often demanded that things be faster, be more convenient, be more market friendly often at the expense of public safety concerns.

Also, though I am relieved that not more people were passengers aboard those four tragic flights, I am puzzled that there were not more people on those planes. I don't know what the seating capacity of a Boeing 757 or 767 is, but surely it is greater than the numbers of people that were aboard. How can the airlines afford to fly a nearly empty jet across the country, let alone two from the same airport at nearly the same time?
Mike McKeever

This day will live forever in our minds as the tragedy where thousand and thousand were killed. This shows the cowardly act of the terrorists as they don't dare to admit what they have done and choose to hide instead. May God bless America and help them quickly find the person responsible and put them to justice and I hope America could recover quickly and stand more firmly than before to bring terrorism and to help to gain world peace!!!!
Ng Keng Yam

We should act strongly - but not overact! If we treat hate with hate, there is going to be more hate. Punish those who should be punished!!! The key for us right now is to show them that we are shocked but not too scared. We will defend our freedom and liberty at any cost. Also, by strengthening our national security system, airport checking system, car rental checking system, employee hiring checking, etc. to name just a few. We learned a hard lesson and we will never think and act the same as we did before 9/11/01. Pray for our fellow citizens! Let's hold hands together and do our part for the greatest country in the world. God bless America!
Julia Zheng

Security everywhere has been threatened. It is very sad that so many lives have been lost and the death toll has still not been confirmed. Now as a Nation, as a World, we must pick up the pieces and move an as best we can. The United States of American cannot fight this alone. The world as whole must come together, if we do not, then there is nothing to stop horrible attacks like these on other countries. New York is essentially the heart of America and two of the worlds most prized possessions have been lost. Just like the sphinx or the pyramids to Egypt, the World Trade Center towers were icons of America. We must reach out our hands and our hearts to those who are suffering as a result of this tragedy.

I think the attack on the U.S. is devastating. I'm saddened by the whole thing. I hope President Bush takes these actions seriously and acts accordingly. I would also like to send out my deepest sympathy to those who have lost family and friends in this horrific tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

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