13 Sep 2001 carl   » (Apprentice)

Man. I just noticed a horrible typo in my diary entry. So I am editing this. I typed "I believe it is far more important to not do whatever you can to help the people in New York and Washington D.C." There should be no "not" in that sentence. I'll blame this on just poor typing and not checking it over before posting. Sorry to anyone this might have angered (no one has said anything -- I just noticed).

This is extremely delayed because I've actually been sort of busy watching TV. That's very unusual for me but given the events that have happened yesterday I think it's warranted. This drivel that Americans love war is such total bullshit. The drivel about guns being on planes, shit like that, this isn't the time. I believe it is far more important to not do whatever you can to help the people in New York and Washington D.C. I believe that praying, if it makes you happy, is fine. Don't expect me to think any higher of you because you're performing such acts.

I am very unsure about what I am going to do. I would very much so enlist if the need arises. I have already attempted to join the Army and the Marines when I turned eighteen (will be a year in october). However I was rejected due to asthma. I am horribly overweight which concerned the Army but the Marines showed me that they were willing to try and get me into shape for it but when they asked about physical conditions they told me it wasn't possible. =( As much as I dislike war and I dislike military actions they are a necessary evil of the times and have been for quite a very long time.

Events have transpired that I'd hoped for a long time never would but they have and they must be dealt with. There is no intelligent answer anyone has come up with as an alternative to retaliation. So if you think retaliation is unnecessary I'd suggest you come up with a damn good solution real fucking fast. Otherwise you need to shut the fuck up and do your part to help in any way possible. Joseph Mallett has written an article and mentioned some things you can do if I recall correctly. If I'm wrong then you needn't look much further than a news site such as CNN.com to find something.

Otherwise I am for the most part speechless in reference to the whole thing. I think it is nuts that people go to these extremes in any part of the world, not just America. Now that it has finally hit home a little harder than ever before I think people will finally wake up to the reality that we are not as safe as we sometimes, very arrogantly at times, believed we were. There are huge oceans separating the lands of the people at war with each other at times but that does not guarantee any amount of protection when people are absolutely determined to get the job done.

I must say that watching this all happen on TV is certainly something I will never forget and I cannot imagine too many people that have seen it in person or otherwise will not forget this for the rest of their lives. Seeing the people jumping out of the building was awful, seeing the buildings collapse was a spectacular, in a very bad way, thing to see. It was completely numbing to watch those buildings fall. I think it is, as an aside, a great testimony to the strength of some of these more modern buildings that it lasted as long as did but the result is still the same no matter how long they lasted.

An to hopefully end this now I must say that being prejudice is the worst thing anyone can do right now. Maintain composure and try to go about your daily life as you did before, though I know that is very difficult to do right now. If you see someone committing hate crimes against a group of people or one person of a certain nationality, report it to the police immediately.

I just want to say that this is undoubtedly the worst couple days of my life. Seeing the nation I used to value so much when I was younger get attacked is a very sad thing indeed no matter how much I disagree with the politics. Seeing -any- nation get attacked in such manners is saddening. It is such a shame that we cannot act civilized towards fellow human beings. I can only hope the entire world gets a very serious wake up call from this event so that at least something good may come out of it.

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