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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 05:32 PM
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Over There

Over There
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Thursday 07 July 2005

A British associate penned a quick response to the bombing attacks that took place in London this morning. "The message from those claiming responsibility says, in part, 'Britain is now burning with fear, terror and panic in its northern, southern, eastern, and western quarters,'" he wrote. "Well it isn't, so fuck them."


My first response was a wrenching horror, a kick to the gut when I checked my email and saw two hundred messages with the words 'London attack' in the subject line. Suddenly, the television was on and I was reading every news report I could get my eyes on. At least thirty-three people were killed and hundreds more wounded in four coordinated bombing attacks aimed at the mass transit system.

All of a sudden I was back in my classroom, back in the middle of a bright September morning, surrounded by wall-eyed students asking me if this was World War III as we watched two buildings burn, and then fall, and then unannounced I had Ani DiFranco in my head and she was singing, "And every borough looked up when it heard the first blast, and then every dumb action movie was summarily surpassed, and the exodus uptown by foot and motorcar looked more like war than anything I've seen so far..."

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silverweb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:40 PM
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1. Well said, Mr. Pitt.
As always.

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