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brainshrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:04 AM
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Today, I am from London.
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 10:11 AM by brainshrub
Today, I am from London. I don't care if the attack will help, or hurt, Mr. Blair. I don't care if support for the Iraqi War will now increase among the people of England. I don't care if the conservatives in this country blame the terrorist attacks on Liberals.

Today I don't care because, today, I am from London. My support for the people of England transcends my own political opinions.

To any people from the UK reading this: Stay strong. Tony Blair is immanently more qualified to deal with a national emergency than our own president.

God Bless.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:07 AM
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1. Amen brainshrub.
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 10:11 AM by Richardo
Thanks for that eloquence.
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Hobo Donating Member (452 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:08 AM
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2. I too, am from London
I stand with you this morning.


Hobo

Peace

:pals:
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prole_for_peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:08 AM
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3. true.
Blair is a much better person to deal with a crisis of this sort. i just hope he doesn't let *bush influence him or pressure him into doing something stupid or regrettable.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:08 AM
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4. No you're not.
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Zorbuddha Donating Member (822 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:56 AM
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45. Sad day. Me too.
I just hope Bush doesn't decide to invade Mongolia over this.
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Zorbuddha Donating Member (822 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:58 AM
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46. Oops. I put this in the wrong spot.
Oh, well.
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Skinner ADMIN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:08 AM
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5. Today, I am from London.
nt
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:09 AM
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6. Me too.........
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 10:16 AM by Catchawave
:grouphug:

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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:11 AM
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7. I am so sorry for everyone impacted by this.
This is just wrong. I don't care if it is in Israel, England, Spain, Iraq, Chad, USA. It is just wrong.
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:12 AM
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8. Find the local British embassy or office

bring flowers, candles.

They stood with us on 9/11, its the least we as individuals can do.
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SalmonChantedEvening Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:12 AM
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9. Well said brainshrub, bless you.
I too am a Londoner today.
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Goldmund Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:13 AM
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10. Taking a break from being from Baghdad?
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:17 AM
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21. *snort*
By way of Bali, Madrid, The West Bank, and on and on. Must have quite the Bugs Bunny suitcase going on.
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Kathy in Cambridge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:45 AM
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27. You are so bad....
typical British cynicism.
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flordehinojos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:14 AM
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11. you don't care if support for the Iraqi War will now increase among the
English people?

sadly i do. i also care about innocent people being hurt, whether in London, New York, Spain, or Iraq, or anywhere else on this planet.

i hurt for the innocently dead and wounded people and i hurt for their families. i grieve for them.

but i also grieve for how george bush and tony blair will use this London string of explosions to continue to milk their war on terror with more terror and more wars, and more lies, and more contortions of the truth.

i grieve for how all the JESUS-FREAKS, HOLLY ROLLERS and other RIGHTWING NUTS will be hooked into an evergrowing support of these two criminals who have created a breeding ground of hate against our countries and against innocent people.

VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE. THAT IS WHAT TONY BLAIR AND GEORGE W. BUSH are doing. VIOLENCE IS NEVER STOPPED WITH MORE VIOLENCE. Somehow there has to be an end to all this madness and the way that George Bush and Tony Blair are going about it will never get us there.



:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:15 AM
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What flordehinojos said...
:thumbsup:
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brainshrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:44 AM
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25. Today, I don't. The Brits will not give into fear like we did post 9/11.
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 10:49 AM by brainshrub
What allowed the Bush Administration to kill Iraqis, erode our human rights and justify torture was: fear.

Londoners will give not give into fear the way most Americans did post 9/11. The British have more experience dealing with terrorist attacks than the US did, a corporate-free press, a parliament that forces the head-of-state to answer questions and a competent leadership.

Americans had none of those tools at their disposal. I am confident that our brothers and sisters in the UK will act wisely, so I have no qualms standing with them today.

The British outlasted Napoleon and Hitler; they surely will outlast terrorists and the oligarchs that want to use terrorism as a means to gain more power.

Londoners will pick themselves up with have the strength, character and tenacity they are famous for. It makes me proud to be from London today.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:05 AM
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39. God that last line makes me sick
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CWebster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:14 AM
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12. Today London is from Iraq. nt
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Brian_Expat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:14 AM
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13. Thank you again.
Londoners greatly appreciate your support and love.
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:14 AM
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14. Today I am From London

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tsuki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:15 AM
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15. Today, I am from London.
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otohara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:15 AM
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16. Hear, Hear
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 10:41 AM by otohara
Bloody well said - Today, I too am from London
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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:15 AM
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17. today I'm from Baghdad
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bear425 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:16 AM
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19. And again, Brainshrub, you are the voice of reason.
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 10:21 AM by bear425
Thank you. I called my good friend who has family in London and everyone is okay. My heart aches for those who have lost loved ones in this senseless violence.

Today I, too, am from London.

edit: saying one is from London today is merely a metaphor for being in support of the poor citizens who have to endure the policies of their idjit leaders
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TommyO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:40 AM
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43. We are all together in this
no matter how our "leaders" try to separate us.

I also just heard from a friend in London, compliments of IM - he and his partner are OK, thankfully!

Proud to be a Londoner today.
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Mandate My Ass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:17 AM
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20. Today I am from London
"My support for the people of England transcends my own political opinions."

:cry:
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johannes1984 Donating Member (210 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:21 AM
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22. today we are from earth
This deep darkness hitting us in the tummy , shows us once again , we all live in one world .We are all human beings , this is policy nor politics of nation or belief .It's a feeling we have as human beings .

It does emphasize the closeness between the US and Europe .We in Europe all feel that sadness when America is hit by tragedy and torpor ,and america feels the same for Europe .No matter how loud mouthed the idiot is , the people remain the same .

your mere statements , bear more staunchness to dark and heinous deeds than this president has shown up to this point .

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sweetheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:37 AM
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23. Ich bin ein Londoner.
How tragic. All those bombing places were ones where i've ridden the
same transport. In my mind, i can travel between Aldgate and Liverpool
street. Rush hour would have the train about as packed as teh number 4
train in NYC between grand central and wall street.

Since liverpool street is sorta like "wall street", it would be like
having a train blow up between wall street and bowling green.

Edgeware road gets the kings cross traffic, as well as the picadilly
line at that time. Kings cross is a train station like grand central
station in NYC. Then people get on the tube to get around in london.
Again, the targets, white middle-class commuters.

The bus in russel square happened a little later. They probably
figured that the tube would be shut down after the inital blasts so
timed another one on alternate transport. Russel square is a posh
area, with the elite business class around the place.

It strikes me that they attacked the stalking ground of the uppper
classes who run the banking and media industries. They did not attack
the stalking ground of the government people.

Clearly they as well, took a lesson in the refocusing of police on
edinburgh for some petty rioting, in how to take advantage of the
misplaced security measures... protecting the leaders and not the
country.

How tragic and sad that people die in wars... like drive by shootings.
One gang shoots a WTC, and another shoots Afganistan in retalation,
and then Iraq in retaliation and now London in retaliation... bloody
enraged fools will keep up this stupid senseless murder... but there
is some complicity in the london banking/finance to the imperial
american adgenda, and it seems there is a price to pay in AQ's eyes
for that complicity.

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Pithy Cherub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:44 AM
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24. Today London is my home and has my heart!
:cry:

We will be with you today and everyday in spirit and hope!
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King Coal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:44 AM
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26. Today, I am still from Durango.
But I sure feel bad for the people of London.
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:45 AM
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28. Today I am from London.
:hug:
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redwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:48 AM
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29. me too.
It is a most wonderful city with amazing people. I wish them healing and peace and for this never to happen to them again. I visited London many years ago and thought it very beautiful. This attack makes me angry.
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:48 AM
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30. Today I am from London
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:48 AM
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31. Me, too. Today, I am from London and with the people of London.
I send thoughts of stength and healing. My heart is with every victim.

:hug:
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:48 AM
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32. Today, I am from London.
Just as I was from Madrid, and from New York.

Just as I was from Baghdad.

God bless the injured. God welcome the dead.
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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:49 AM
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33. God keep London.
I am honored to say my heart is with London.
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Michael_UK Donating Member (285 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:51 AM
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34. Good on you Brainshrub,
I actually am British (though not a Londoner)


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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:51 AM
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35. Well said brainshrub.
nt
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Streetdoc270 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:54 AM
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36. Lets have a day of British flag Avatars
To show our respect, and as a sign of support to those involved in this tragedy
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AmBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:03 AM
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37. Today, I am from London.
And my heart breaks with theirs. :-(
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SunDrop23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:05 AM
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38. Well stated.
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GiovanniC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:09 AM
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40. Today, I Am A Londoner
And I apologize for our idiotic president, whose policies culminated in this time of tragedy for the people of Great Britain.

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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:09 AM
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41. Me too n/t
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:18 AM
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42. Amen.
:hug: :toast:
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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:49 AM
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44. Amen.
Today I am British.

We need to find the bastards that did this (the real ones this time) and apprehend them, try them, and then shove them into the darkest dungeon in England forever.
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stickdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 12:44 PM
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47. Yes.
Yesterday I was from Africa, and tomorrow I'll again be from Iraq.
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cry baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 12:46 PM
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48. Today, I am from London
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 04:02 PM
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49. Today, I am from London. My favorite city in the world. We love
you and support you.
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 04:06 PM
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50. Today I am from London
all positive energies to my brothers and sisters there.
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Calliope Donating Member (177 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:05 PM
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51. I was in London in September 2001
a week after the terrorist attacks on New York. All I had to do was open my mouth and those wonderful people extended their sympathies for what had happened to my country, and they wanted to make sure that my family was ok. Today, I am from London and there is no doubt in my mind that London will emerge stronger than ever.
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Calliope Donating Member (177 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:05 PM
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52. I was in London in September 2001
a week after the terrorist attacks on New York. All I had to do was open my mouth and those wonderful people extended their sympathies for what had happened to my country, and they wanted to make sure that my family was ok. Today, I am from London and there is no doubt in my mind that London will emerge stronger than ever.
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Calliope Donating Member (177 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:05 PM
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53. I was in London in September 2001
a week after the terrorist attacks on New York. All I had to do was open my mouth and those wonderful people extended their sympathies for what had happened to my country, and they wanted to make sure that my family was ok. Today, I am from London and there is no doubt in my mind that London will emerge stronger than ever.
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 11:41 AM
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64. Welcome to DU Calliope !
I too remember how the world embraced us post 9-11, obviously some people here forgot their manners. Thanks so much for sharing a heartfelt experience.... :hug:
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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:17 PM
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54. Today, I am from London
I am from Darfur, and Tienanmen Square, and Iraq, and Afghanistan, and Madrid, and New York City, and everywhere the innocent suffer the folly of "leadership" that steals fire from Heaven in order to torment them with the agonies of Hell.

And today, I am from London.

--p!
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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:18 PM
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55. Yet we care nothing about the countless Iraqis we off.
Do we ever say "Today we are Iraqis"
What garbage this is!
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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:25 PM
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56. Ah, but some of us -- many of us -- do
Different situations require different sentiments.

London and England are in no danger of extermination; Iraq and the Iraqi people are. Poetic gestures of solidarity for England are most important today for their suffering; daily acts of dissent and rebuke toward Team Bush are most vital to the people of Iraq.

The atrocities committed in the name of my country (and eventually myself) fill me with disgust. But all atrocities are evil, and all victims deserve our concern.

--p!
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Joe the Revelator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:34 PM
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61. What is the point of this post?
You can not quantify the weight of two wrongs. The situation in Iraq is bad, we on this board have spent 3 years talking about how horrible it is, what happened to london is also bad. If people want to stand with a country that is both mother and sister to us, then so be it.
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Kraklen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:26 PM
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57. What days are you from Baghdad?
Because shit's a lot worse there.
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ProgressiveFool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:27 PM
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58. amen
n/t
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LiberallyInclined Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:29 PM
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59. today i am from chicago-
within the next year, i hope to be from Madison.
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Dorian Gray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:33 PM
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60. Beautiful, Brainshrub. I concur! EOM
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Lilith Velkor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:55 PM
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62. Today, I am from Fallujah.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:08 PM
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63. Ich bin ein Londoner (pardon the spelling)
nt
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