It's horrible. Some were talking about the third world war starting -
ridiculous of course, as in that building were companies from 25 nations,
and few nations have much to gain by destroying this building or being at
war with the US. We can only hope that nobody reacts in the way that the
Palestinians and the Israelies have been reacting to each other, as we all
know that only means that somewhere in the future this will happen again,
and again, and again. The only way this can be prevented is by giving the
Anyway, none of this politics thing was on my mind when it happened. I just
thought of those on the TSEliot mailing list that I know live or have a
house or friends in New York, and I chatted a lot with an American girl I
met at work some years ago on MSN to share news and give sympathy. The only
somewhat light thought I could permit myself (partly because I gave it
serious consideration) was that I'd never realised that a bunch of kids
acting out Quake in some highschool would turn out to be so completely
overshadowed by a bunch of kids playing out MS Flight Simulator. I know, I'm
sorry, but everyone on the news was just saying how it had to be some big
organisation to be able to get hijackers to learn how to fly, where pilots
(I know one) know it isn't all that difficult anyway. And then you know all
these jokes will turn up - the question is only how soon, and how long it
takes before are no longer too disgusted to forward them. But there's always
so much irony and sadness. Only last week, I helped out Tom on the
internet with a phone number of a lawyer in the Netherlands, and as a return
of favour he told me "if you ever need a place to crash in New York ... ".
As a linguist, I can't help but wonder about the future of this expression.
And of course I thought about how I'd never seen the Twin Towers and now
never will. But first and foremost about how many people worked there, which
is just too many to bear thinking about, and the horrific realisation that
if 'only' a few thousand people die, we should have been so lucky that it
wasn't tens of thousands of people. That just illustrates the scope of this
If you start thinking long enough about this, you might even wonder whether
you should send mails like these at all, because they will slow down FBI and
CIA reviews of all mail traffic that seems remotely linked to this event and
could contain a clue to who acted on whose behalf. All in all I can only be
happy that no anti-Americans in my area have so far been sick or crazy
enough to celebrate this attack in public, as I would have had to repeat to
myself again and again and again that violence is not the answer.
> -----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
> Van: [log in to unmask]
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]Namens Nancy Gish
> Verzonden: woensdag 12 september 2001 6:53
> Aan: [log in to unmask]
> Onderwerp: Re: OT--horror and phones
> Dear Gunnar,
> Oddly, the memory that keeps coming back for me is not JFK--surely the
> most vivid and terrible one of my life before today--but the
> phone call at 5:30
> AM from whom I can't remember but only the words, "they've shot Bobby."
> Because I think then it seemed bigger than one person. We felt
> here in the
> 60s that they were killing them all, all the ones we thought would change
> the world. It seems naive now but not then. But this now seems utterly
> different and worse because it is an act of war against the nation and no
> one knows what is next.
> Date sent: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 01:47:30 +0200
> Send reply to: [log in to unmask]
> From: Gunnar Jauch <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: OT--horror and phones
> am 11.09.2001 20:32 Uhr schrieb Nancy Gish - Women's Studies unter
> [log in to unmask]:
> > Dear Gunnar,
> > For those not in the US, we have been told phones will almost
> > never get through anywhere in the northeast. We can all only
> > hope Tom is safe and his phone cannot work. But you will be
> > very unlikely to reach anyone by phone, and cell phones are not
> > working in NY. Streets are gridlocked, and bridges are closed.
> > Reporters have to go in by bicycle apparently.
> > It is difficult to find any speech. I have been traumatized since I
> > woke to the news flash on my radio.
> > Thanks to you and Raphael. It is strangely comforting just to
> > have it on the screen.
> > Nancy
> > On 11 Sep 2001, at 20:04, Gunnar Jauch <[log in to unmask]>
> > wrote:
> > am 11.09.2001 19:31 Uhr schrieb INGELBIEN RAPHAEL unter>
> [log in to unmask]:
> > I just want to express sympathy to the various New Yorkers,>
> and indeed all Americans on our list on this terrible day.
> > RaphaŽl Ingelbien
> > [log in to unmask]
> > >
> > So do I.
> > Cannot get through to Tom over the phone.
> > When I watched the collapsing tower I remembered the day I
> had> dinner in its Sky Lobby.
> > What a horror!
> > Gunnar
> Tom, let's here from you--
> hope you're ok!
> (Guess I'm getting paranoied.)
> Thanks for your kind words, dear Nancy. Just to let you know that the
> general feelings of people over here are of a tremedous surge of
> SOLIDARITY towards America, to the defence of civilisation, to the concept
> of democracy.
> I have been watching the atrocious events live, on a tiny toy computer
> screen a guy in our office has on his desk (he had his PC connected to the
> development of the stock market, and, to my disgust, its collapse seemed
> to be his major concern).
> The scenes seemed to be strangely unreal, like clippings out of some
> horror flick.
> I vividly remember the day JFK was shot on Dallas' Grassy Knoll. This will
> be another sad and historic day to remember.
> "Ash on an old man's sleeve
> Is all the ash the burnt roses leave."
> May the villains responsible be brought to court and be locked up forever.
> Ultimately, I am convinced, something good for mankind will emerge from
> the ashes: From now on, there will be no more room for terrorism on earth.
> And the president of the leading world nation will hopefully never again
> take a four weeks vacation while Isrealis and Palestinians are butchering
> each other. And from now on, involvement into foreign affairs will be
> mandatory for the U.S.
> Forgive my rambling -- just like Steve, I'm feeling shell shocked.