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Area 6 : News & Views

FAITH, FREEDOM,
DEMOCRACY AND PEACE

The longest journey starts with a single step .....................................................ancient Chinese proverb

This is a difficult time for all of us. People of every nation have been affected by the terrorist attack on America on 11th September 2001.

... the longest journey starts with a single step ...


11 - 16 SEPTEMBER 2001:



Old Glory - Stars and Stripes "This is an enemy who preys on innocent and unsuspecting people, then runs for cover. It won't be able to run forever ...
America is united. The freedom-loving nations of the world stand by our side ... This battle will take time and resolve ...
This will be a monumental struggle of good versus evil, but good will prevail." - President George W. Bush, USA.


aftermath of the attack on the Twin Towers World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001"This is not a battle between the United States and terrorism but between the free and democratic world and terrorism.
This mass terrorism is the new evil in our world. The people who perpetrate it have no regard whatever for the sanctity or value of human life.
We, the democracies of the world, must come together and defeat and eradicate it."
- Tony Blair, UK Prime Minister.


In the darkest days of European history,
the Statue of Liberty and the Eagle of the United States of America America stood close by us
and today we stand close by America.
- EU President Romano Prodi


"No right-thinking follower of Islam
could possibly condone such action."
- Yusuf Islam


our thoughts are with the many New York fire fighters who gave their lives so bravelyour thoughts are with the many New York fire fighters who gave their lives so bravely

"May none of us forget the price our brothers paid
for the sake of others.
Hug your children -
remember that a good run is any run that you return from."

- a firefighter in upstate New York.


"Twenty years ago, as a young paratrooper in the Israeli army, I spent a long time on the Lebanese and Syrian borders, watching the Arab soldiers watching me over the barbed wire.
As I looked at them day after day, it occurred to me that just as every unit in the Israeli army has 'good guys' who will give you their last pair of dry socks if you need it, and others who might steal yours if they can, so every unit on the Arab side must also have its share of people you would want to be with, and those you would rather avoid.
I was only 19 then, with lots of time on my hands, so once this thought hit me I couldn't help taking it a step further and thinking, "If we HAVE to fight, wouldn't it make more sense for the good guys on both sides to get together against the others...?"
Ami Dar [founder of idealist.org]


Thank you and the British people - with all my heart. Our TV stations have played and replayed the Statue of Liberty and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, before the terrorist attacks of 11th September 2001video of the Changing of the Guard throughout the day, at which the Queen requested they play our Star Spangled Banner for the first time in history. You have absolutely no idea what your great kindness means to me and all Americans. By this meaningful act you have let all America know we are not alone in this horrible, gruesome mass murder of innocents. Playing the "World's police force" as we often find ourselves doing, a job we do not enjoy but believe we have an obligation to do our best to perform, America so often feels totally, completely alone, unappreciated, and unwanted. Our soldiers and civilian aid workers are threatened and killed around the World trying to bring peace to peoples who don't want it, while trying to protect the defenseless who do. What you did today in Great Britain brings a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. Thank you - thank you all.
God Bless Great Britain and your wonderful Queen. - Mike Andrews, PDG, Seattle


"Sadly, thousands of innocent lives have already been lost in this war. Before it is over, others will also have to die as a regrettable, but necessary consequence.
Forget 'proportionate' responses. What is needed is a response that will stop such an atrocity ever happening again ...
Ironically, those who advocate restraint, or who criticise the US, are free to do so precisely because they live in a (democratic) society." - Simon Heffer


I drove through Epping today (a little town, somewhere outside London, England) and the fire engine the tribute to the New York fire fighters, at the fire station in Epping, Essex, England was outside its station. Must be the open day, I thought. Then I saw the folded black uniforms in front of the fire truck, each with a yellow fireman's hat on top, in tribute to the many New York fire-fighters who so bravely gave their lives on 11th September.

This is just one town amongst so very many. But what has happened has touched the hearts of people here as much as in any other town. We *all* mind. We all want a safe world for our children, freedom from fear, a democratic and peaceful society for people of all nations.

No-one wants war. But equally none of us want the fear and chaos that unfettered terrorism would generate. Let wisdom guide those who must make the decisions now, to ensure a free and just world for our children to live in.
- Penny Rollo, founder of Project HappyChild




".. the urgent need for security will pull down the curtain on a century of liberalism and permissiveness .... We will be in a new and sterner world - but a more secure and stable one.
Countless millions of people, dismayed at the way society has been drifting and degenerating, have longed for such a change but despaired of it. But historians know that a sudden horrifying shock can, and occasionally does, produce fundamental reversals of attitude.
The terrorist assault on America - and the response to it - may set in motion a return to the traditional notions of right and wrong.
We are perhaps standing this week on the threshold of a new age, which will alter not only our own lives, but those of our great grandchildren." - Paul Johnson


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We The People - how an aircrew helped passengers to deal with their natural apprehension about flying, on a Denver - Dulles flight on 15th September 2001 - click here

See also the John J Harvey, a retired fire boat built by New York City in 1931 and sold to new owners in 1999, which pumped millions of gallons of water to the World Trade Center site for 80 hours after the tragedy on September 11th. The hydrants west of Ground Zero had no water, but the John J Harvey took its water straight from the river. It's now based at Pier 63, just north of Chelsea Piers and twice a week if the weather allows, is piloted into the harbour, playing "God Bless America" as it passes the Statue of Liberty. The boat's eight cannons shoot water out of the river at the rate of 18,000 gallons a minute, making rainbows on sunny days, and some days there are trips where children and adults travel on this boat free of charge.

... the longest journey starts with a single step ...

As some small symbol of "new beginnings", a new area was created here on 11th September 2003, exactly two years after the Twin Towers tragedy. "The Potted Learning Pages" is just one example of a world which *is* becoming more united due to the Internet technology which enables more of us to share what we have, with those who need it, and of the goodwill towards other nations which is now expressed in so many countries worldwide.

... the longest journey starts with a single step ...

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