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Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006

How your life has changed since Sept. 11

My life has not really changed at all. The war in Afghanistan only confirms the need for a new global sense of co-operation that will inevitably reduce the attractiveness of people like Osama bin Laden.
Daniel Storms

Not one iota really. It's all like a made-for-television drama that will have a limited audience for the longer term. Down here, we're more concerned that Ottawa keep sending us money, and making sure we don't have to move somewhere to get work.

Yeah. I have learned a lot about the Taliban, such as the CIA funding them with $3-billion. I have become more distrustful of the U.S. government.
Hal Smith

I am disappointed that there is no secure forum to which one might submit potential terrorist scenarios. It's obvious what the targets might be, but how terrorists might achieve their goals requires some imagination, and I wish the government would listen to its citizens. I would be happy to have my ideas dismissed as redundant, but what if someone hit the nail on the head? It could save a lot of lives. I have made this proposal by e-mail to Ontario Premier Mike Harris and the solicitor general. I have been acknowledged by neither.
Kirk Cheney

My distrust of the U.S. (and Canadian) governments has grown. The speed at which they took away our rights proves they will stop at nothing in following their agenda of deceit and total control over people's minds. My life has changed for the better, now I truly know what is going on. I am more relaxed, I have more money because I spend less and I laugh more, mostly at the obvious propaganda and misinformation they try to feed me.
Robert Kitchen

It is now two months since the terrorist attacks on New York. Is there not any other news in the world? The thing that has changed my life is being isolated from the rest of the world.
James McKee

I really enjoyed reading Rex Murphy's article One Thread Can Pull Our Fabric Apart (Nov. 3). He made some valid points regarding the differences (military, technological and psychological) between the warring players. The common thread that connects mankind is an important factor in this war that many people, government officials or civilians, have been overlooking. As the spread of anthrax grows, it is only a matter of time before some nightmarish deed will be committed that will finally persuade our democratic societies that the clock is ticking and there are only 24 hours in a day. The U.S. and its allies had better rethink their strategy before it is too late.

The old saying "what goes around comes around" seems to fit perfectly with this situation. The United States, with its global policy of pushing everybody else around, has returned with a vengeance. While I do not agree with what was done in the least, it is not all that surprising to see it happen. The only surprise is that it took this long.
Bob Quinn, Seattle, Wash.

My life has not changed at all - other than a possible change in vacation plans, as Turkey may no longer be the safest place to go. As a Canadian, I couldn't feel any safer. We are so close to the United States that we are hidden in its shadow. Should anyone decide to attack a U.S. ally, it would undoubtedly be Britain or some other high-profile friend. The United States can barely be bothered to acknowledge us. Why should the terrorists?
Courtney Lemon

Not a bit. This is so stupid to worry about. I have more risk of being killed in a car accident every day than by any connection to terrorist activity. I have felt more patriotic, though.
Nick Foglietta

I have become increasingly weary of media exaggeration of the domestic impact of this police action in a remote part of the world. I believe that the vast majority of people's lives have changed little, if at all, as a result of the airliner and postal attacks. This fact is not apparent in the sensationalist media coverage, which purports to show a general impact, which is a chimera. Far more people die every day of (preventable) starvation and disease than the 5,000 to 6,000 at the World Trade Center or the handful of anthrax victims.
Duncan Cameron

I view each day in a different way. I am not pleased with the way the world operates today. Some personal problems that once seemed so important have now lost their weight compared to the negative feelings that I have experienced when I consider the direction in which this war against terrorism is taking the world. You realize that there is an ominous future awaiting mankind if people - governments - do not change their tactics. Ramadan is a spiritual holiday and if the United States and its allies do not demonstrate respect for this occasion and those who celebrate it, then our spiritual holiday of Christmas may await a fate similar to the one that we deal to the people of the Middle East. What an opportunistic point it would be if the terrorists left their mark under every Christmas tree. The United States has to smarten up and listen to the people and realize that there are no winners in war, and that their actions have destroyed lives that cannot be replaced. Everyone needs time out. So harken, we don't want the world to end. Take a break, it isn't a mistake.

The Sept. 11 attack has certainly been an eye-opener to say the least. Most important, it has served as a reminder as well as a confirmation to what I have long believed. Although there can be no justification for the attack, it confirms that there are no restrictions to measures taken when a nation or group of people are frustrated to the point at which they will attack another nation against whom they don't stand a chance.
George Cornelsen

I work as a travelling salesperson. My job is my living, but really it has little meaning in the world as a whole. My job involves flying, and because it does not always bring me to important places doing important things, this flying is a thing that has seriously affected the way I look at my job. I am now looking for a way out.
Greg Butler

Although I feel sorrow of the loss of so many innocent victims through the terrorist act committed on Sept. 11, I also truly believe the United States should also be blamed for this tragedy. If the United States would not have such gluttony for the materialistic life, whereas it has to rape every other nation - including itself - for its needs, then none of this would have happened.
Rudolpho Miller

My life has not changed since Sept 11. I feel badly for the families of those lost. I don't feel my life has changed because when my time comes, all the worrying and fretting in the world won't prevent it. I have my whole life ahead of me as long or short as it may be. Yes, steps should be taken to prevent any more tragedy, but in the end bad things happen, to both good and bad people. I have my life to live and a family to love.
Dan Garvy

In general, my life has not changed dramatically; it may be a little less trusting, a little more fearful. I do, however, fear for the future of my children and the future generations. What kind of world will they live in? The United States may feel that they are toppling the Taliban government, when in fact the Taliban and their terrorist allies have irrevocably started the deterioration of democracy in the West. I will go about my life trying to forget the terror released on Sept 11, and hope that sanity will eventually prevail.
Raffael Kapusty

I have two teenage boys and I'm a little pissed that I am 42 years old and probably not eligible to defend my family. I think that if these radical religious people want a religious war, we should give them one. I do not trust Islam. I look twice now at anyone I suspect of being of that persuasion. I will not act against these people in my own country, but I sure hope our government is able to cope. Otherwise I couldn't care less if we round them up and keep them incarcerated until this is all dealt with. One more thing: I am tired of all the hype about innocents being killed in Afghanistan. Has everyone forgotten what started this? What about our innocents in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon?
Lloyd Perrin

I feel safer because I am the child of an air force major. Military activity is like a security blanket. Whether or not this is a realistic outlook, it is a comfort that is so ingrained that it won't go away. Also my conversations inevitably lead to the topic of terrorism. These conversations include much speculation. I have not been affected directly in the sense that I knew no one who died in the Sept. 11 attack. I didn't even know anyone who knew anyone who knew anyone. I have decided not to watch CNN because I feel the presentation of the various items are too hyped and unbelievable.
J. Yarnell


Life Goes On

Voices From After the Fall, The Facts Behind the Fear, and the preview of a new Discovery documentary filmed at Ground Zero.


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  • Six-month Memorial for Sept. 11 - U.S. President George Bush speaks from the White House. "The terrorists will remember Sept. 11 as the day their reckoning began," he said.

  • In Canada - Relatives of Canadian victims of the World Trade Centre attacks wonder why there's no six-month memorial here at home. video reports

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