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Postby PNGMK » Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:19 pm

Hannieroo wrote:I was in marks and spencer I came out and there were hundreds if people stood in the street watching it through the TV shop window.

But for me yesterday was just my baby's 6th birthday and I prefer it that way.


You planned that well :D

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Postby earthfriendly » Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:29 am

Driving on the freeway on the way to work. When I heard it on the radio, my mind could not comprehend what was being said. Too surreal. Took a while to sink in.

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Postby beppi » Fri, 13 Sep 2013 3:56 pm

A good friend sent me an SMS "The USA got bombed badly. Check the news!"
I spent the next days watching the news in disbelief.

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Postby Mexikaner » Fri, 13 Sep 2013 4:40 pm

I was in Mexico in the middle of a 3rd semester mid-term when one of my classmates, who btw was late for the exam, told us what he had just seen in the news that morning...

The teacher thought at first he has just trying to hide the fact he was late for the exam with a really incredible and imaginative excuse...unfortunately as we all well know, it was the real deal...

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Postby chaaraard » Sat, 14 Sep 2013 4:31 pm

Hi everyone! I'll bite.

WHilst I am not sure of the timing of what exactly I was doing and when... basically I was in Shanghai at a business meeting on the day before, and was flying out back to Brisbane connecting via Singapore. I heard the news at the airport.

I remember walking through the door at home my eccentric uncle was laughing off his chair at the news (he doesn't like Americans and he fought in Tripoli before).

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Postby Mi Amigo » Sat, 14 Sep 2013 11:41 pm

chaaraard wrote:I remember walking through the door at home my eccentric uncle was laughing off his chair at the news (he doesn't like Americans and he fought in Tripoli before).

Your uncle laughed because 3000 innocent people were murdered? That's shameful.
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Postby Wd40 » Sat, 14 Sep 2013 11:52 pm

Mi Amigo wrote:
chaaraard wrote:I remember walking through the door at home my eccentric uncle was laughing off his chair at the news (he doesn't like Americans and he fought in Tripoli before).

Your uncle laughed because 3000 innocent people were murdered? That's shameful.


He was probably laughing for the fact that America being America couldn't prevent such a thing from happening. A big ego booster to anyone who hates America and then what did America do? Go and bomb Afghanistan and Iraq to bring back that lost pride.

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Postby uscate » Sun, 15 Sep 2013 5:55 am

I'm a headhunter, and was talking with a candidate's husband. They had a house in NJ across the river from the twin towers, and all of a sudden I heard "holy shit, the Tower's on fire" and from then on it was insanity. I worked in the financial district in Boston, and there was a mass exodus at about 10:30. I took the subway home - we stopped at Logan to pick up passengers. One was a security guard. She was in tears, and all she could say was "it wasn't my fault...." One of my friend's girlfriends was a flight attendant on the plane that crashed into Tower 2. One of my candidates was one of the few people who escaped from the Towers and lived to tell the tale.

What a scary, sad day.

We went to NYC about a month after, and took a cab that had recently been in lower Manhattan - we could smell the smoke in the cab. The fire houses were all dressed in black. The city was grief-stricken, but functioning.

It kills me to read about people laughing and celebrating this event. Even if you disagree with US policies, the death of 3000 people and the impact on the lives of many more should give any thinking person pause.

Rant over.

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Postby chaaraard » Sun, 15 Sep 2013 3:23 pm

Wd40 wrote:
Mi Amigo wrote:
chaaraard wrote:I remember walking through the door at home my eccentric uncle was laughing off his chair at the news (he doesn't like Americans and he fought in Tripoli before).

Your uncle laughed because 3000 innocent people were murdered? That's shameful.


He was probably laughing for the fact that America being America couldn't prevent such a thing from happening. A big ego booster to anyone who hates America and then what did America do? Go and bomb Afghanistan and Iraq to bring back that lost pride.


Yeah prolly, we just ignored him is all, maybe coz he lived in bombed london during ww2 he considered it just "war" is all, but I think it was' more my uncle is just old and is a bit of an English-prick is all, like I said that was what I remembered coming in that night.

Personally I have nothing against Americans, and frankly 911 sucked, it was horrid/crap etc... and so was the invasion of Iraq for the wrong reasons. I was just simply answering the question that was what I remembered is all... heard about it on my home, came back, family glued to the tv and weird uncle was being a prick abt it, that was it.

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Postby Wd40 » Sun, 15 Sep 2013 3:55 pm

uscate wrote:I'm a headhunter, and was talking with a candidate's husband. They had a house in NJ across the river from the twin towers, and all of a sudden I heard "holy shit, the Tower's on fire" and from then on it was insanity. I worked in the financial district in Boston, and there was a mass exodus at about 10:30. I took the subway home - we stopped at Logan to pick up passengers. One was a security guard. She was in tears, and all she could say was "it wasn't my fault...." One of my friend's girlfriends was a flight attendant on the plane that crashed into Tower 2. One of my candidates was one of the few people who escaped from the Towers and lived to tell the tale.

What a scary, sad day.

We went to NYC about a month after, and took a cab that had recently been in lower Manhattan - we could smell the smoke in the cab. The fire houses were all dressed in black. The city was grief-stricken, but functioning.

It kills me to read about people laughing and celebrating this event. Even if you disagree with US policies, the death of 3000 people and the impact on the lives of many more should give any thinking person pause.

Rant over.


If everyone did that, this world would have been a much better place, but the truth is more people preach it than practice it.

Also, its an aftermath that you get to know about the number of deaths and the pictures of injured and dead and that really affects you. But I was talking about the 1st instance when you see on TV, a jumbo jet crashing into America's landmark tower.

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Postby uscate » Sun, 15 Sep 2013 8:09 pm

"Also, its an aftermath that you get to know about the number of deaths and the pictures of injured and dead and that really affects you. But I was talking about the 1st instance when you see on TV, a jumbo jet crashing into America's landmark tower."

Really Wd40? What the heck do you mean??

Anyway, no need to stir up old memories and angst....And I probably shouldn't be arguing politics in a country I don't call home. It is just interesting to me to hear other peoples' impressions of such a horrific day.

I guess we all differ in our responses to horrific events.

Over and out.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 15 Sep 2013 9:02 pm

Wd, have you completely lost your marbles? That rejection has really affected you're ability to reason. You cannot help but know that massive deaths are occurring after watching an explosion of that magnitude. I'm beginning to think you have completely lost the plot.

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Postby Mi Amigo » Sun, 15 Sep 2013 11:17 pm

I have to say I'm also pretty disgusted at the attempts to excuse and trivialise such abhorrent behaviour.

Wd40 wrote:He was probably laughing for the fact that America being America couldn't prevent such a thing from happening. A big ego booster to anyone who hates America and then what did America do? Go and bomb Afghanistan and Iraq to bring back that lost pride.

So on seeing the planes hit the tower, the reaction was "Ha ha ha! - They couldn't prevent it!" ??? Anyone watching would have been instantly aware of the implications for substantial loss of life. So why would that be funny?

chaaraard wrote:Yeah prolly, we just ignored him is all, maybe coz he lived in bombed london during ww2 he considered it just "war" is all, but I think it was' more my uncle is just old and is a bit of an English-prick is all, like I said that was what I remembered coming in that night.

My parents and grandparents lived through the war and saw London ablaze every night during the Blitz. That didn't turn them into the kind of people who would laugh at what happened on 9/11. I don't get it. In the same way, incidentally, that I didn't get it when some people were cheering as the bombs were being dropped on Baghdad, with massive bloodshed there too. As I was taught from an early age, two wrongs don't make a right.
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Postby Hannieroo » Sun, 15 Sep 2013 11:48 pm

I think most people stood in the street with me were British. None of us were laughing. I couldn't comprehend what I was seeing, I couldn't breathe. I'm imagining most other people felt the same way. Shock. Knowing that the world had just changed.

Just war. Fool.

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 16 Sep 2013 7:26 am

It was during my first few days here. I turned on the TV on morning while preparing to leave for work and for a long moment I could not understand what I was watching.

Many people in the whole region hate US. I am sure they laughed and enjoyed what happened.
In the first month, as many newbies I took a trip to JB and I was shocked seeing so many t/shirts on sale with the airplanes hitting the towers or with pictures of ObL. Practically every street t-shirt shop got it.
It was also around that time (a month or two after 9/11) when a friend of mine, an American, was visiting KL and later he told me it was like for the first time he was in a situation in the restaurant or pub when he preferred to lie about his nationality for his personal safety reasons. Not sure what was going on then. Perhaps SMS has some insights but from my perspective it almost looked like anti-American euphoria for a great loss experienced as to an enemy.


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