September 12, 2001    





I realize that not everyone on this list is an American, but all the same, do you feel America is reacting well to the attacks made Tuesday?

Forgive me, but I feel a better question would have been "are you, your friends, and loved ones okay?" I imagine there are some members of the 2000days project affected by this tragedy, perhaps even some of our own lost. I am in the DC area and have many friends in NYC -

etoile, 20

i think we're doing ok. i wish clinton was behind on all of this and not bush, but we're doing alright. i cant really think of anything else they should or shouldnt do, and i really dont want to cuz it scares me thinking about it.

Karen2, 15
, MA   USA

I guess so. I don't quite get how so many people are saying "we can't let them know they're distrupting our lives, planes and football should be back by Saturday." Other than that I've seen a lot of positive reaction.

Alias Irrelevante

Uh. . .lemme think. . .no.

Karen, 21

Politically, behind the scenes, I'd say yes, nationally not as well, Americans have every right to be angry, but i was in a chat room yesterday and the majority were filled with hatred shouting 'kill the dirty Palastinian scum'. We don't know who it was, they probably saw the coverage of the troubles between Palastine and Israel last week, so they should just keep in mind that the Palastinians will celebrate any destruction that is not inflicted on them. The American public should be focusing on their casualties and leave the Government to the enemy


i think president bush did a great job not over-reacting to the situation. he took it very well and stayed calm in a time of panic. by telling the nation they'd "deal with the problem as best they could" made people a little less terrified, because the president didn't seem totally upset by this. i think staying calm is the most important thing to do in a tragedy such as this. people have a tendency to say things they regret when they're upset, but Bush didn't do this, proving just how great of a president he is making so far.

Mandi, 16
Lake City
, MN   USA

I think everyone is handling this the best they can. I have never been more proud to be an American than I am now. I am uplifted when I see everyone banding together and doing all they can to help these poor people.

Jennifer, 19

Whenever there is a disaster, regardless of where it is, the best come out of people. I'm proud of the response from New Yorkers and the admiration that I have for the government employees who went back to work at the Pentagon while it was still burning is beyond words.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA

i think americans are acting very well regarding tuesdays tragedy. officials and citizens are acting with great courage, pride and level headedness and for that they should be congradulated.

Becky, 16

I am distressed at the thought of retaliation which would involve killing more innocent civilians. I am cheered by the opposition to such retaliation. I am proud of the American eagerness to help others after the disaster. I am warmed by the expressions of sympathy from the rest of the civilized world.

Jill, 60

I have been very shocked by these events, as I think everyone has. The thing that scares me most about them though, is the opinions I've heard from various american citizens ... now, dont get me wrong, I'm very impressed with the way that dubya has kept his cool, and the way that his administration seems to be dealing with the situation. The thing that scares me the most is all the american citizens baying for blood and war before even knowin who they're going to war against. The loss of even more innocent lives would make america worse than whoever is behind this. In my opinion this was likely done by some group independant from any government ... if the government of the country hands them over then fine ... if they dont then war seems the only option, but from many oppinions I've seen the american public seems to think that war should happen anyway. And that gets me thinking - what if it was some groups over here - would america declaire war on the uk, cause the perportators happened to live here. Would american planes came to bomb my town and kill my family? ... I guess its a natural reaction to the situation though. *shrugs* ... It's the first time in most people's lifetimes that the ever powerful america has been damaged. No-one knows how to react. The natural reaction is to lash out. Over here - I guess we're used to it by now .. another bomb has gone off in london - it's just another bomb - we're sorry for the victims and their families of course, but ... I think we've got used to picking up the pieces by now - getting on with our lives because we have to, because if we dont carry on then they might as well shoot us all now ... I'm scared that these attacks are the first of many - not by the same group, cause they've made their point, but by other groups, as it has proved that america is not immune...  All I can say is that my thoughts are with everyone effected by this. Not just the children who are now missing parents, and all the other inhabitants of manattan, and the rest of the us, but anyone else who feels as helpless and confused as me about this whole situation. I dont remember being this scared before in my life. Reading back over this I havent really answered the question. Well, I've answered your question, plus the question of how well I'M reacting (not well at all!), and... a whole lot of other stuff as well ... but you can have it anyway. Cause - I think it needed to be said.

Alice, 21
Winchester  UK

Yes, Americans behave very well, very heroically, in times of crisis. Please consider bookmarking this site and using it:   Thank you.

Jill, 60

i think we're doing pretty well. . so far. .

mothmc, 37
Los Angeles

I don't how anyone can react "well".. but i guess as "well" as can be expected.

Dianne, 16
Ontario  CANADA

Thus far, we are all numb as a nation. I only hope the right thing gets done this time...I'm not a politician, but I do know that if you find you have a tumor, you remove it.

Fisch, 46
, CT   USA

I believe it is a daydream to react well to such a thing. There is no good reaction.

Firelady, 23
, TX   USA

I think that we are reacting fairly well, yes. We didn't make a snap judgement about how to retaliate, we have pulled together and helped each other out when the nation was in need, and we are trying to look at all possible angles before just jumping into something that's going to edge on the drastic change that took place with the actions of yesterday.

Angela, 16
Bella Vista

I feel that considering that we don't really have alot of answers to so many questions, we are holding together very well.

Stephanie, 25

This is a watershed event. The collapse of the World Trade Center, America's symbol of financial dominance, the attack on the Pentagon, America's symbol of military dominance, and the simultaneous hijacking of four commerical airliners that robbed America of it's sense of security will never be forgotten. The events of yesterday and the next few days will shape this country forever and none of our lives will ever be the same. Pearl Harbor is the "day that will live in infamy." 2,600 people died at Pearl Harbor. The death toll has not been established, but estimates say that there are probably more than that in EACH of the World Trade Center's towers. In addition, this was an attack on symbolic nerve centers that will shape the way the world thinks of America and the way we think of ourselves. Already, several changes at airports: for those in the future, understand that two days ago, there was curbside check-in for luggage, friends bode good-bye to their friends and family at the departing gate rather than at the security checkpoint. There was never any large presence of on board Air Guards. This event will shape this country, no matter how we respond.

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills

Americans themselves, yes. Their government...hmmm.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

It pleases me that when crises happen as humans our first impulses are to help. I am disheartened when I hear about attacks against our own citizens because they are Arab (or look Arab). I am choked up about the countless heroic acts and amazed at how people are able to maintain hope even in the face of amazingly bad odds.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

As a country we are reacting incredibly well, the support people have been giving. the fact that so many people are giving so much is amazing.  Individually a lot of us are crushed

Talia, 24
, CT   USA

Of course America is reacting well. We always react well in times of crisis. The question is whether we will be able to sustain this reaction over the difficult times ahead.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

I think America is overreacting to the situation

Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

"Well" is a relative term. There is no way we can define the reactions, except possibly "human".

Kristin, 20

From what I've seen and heard, the American people are reacting very well. Dubya, on the other hand...

Shanna, 16
Cardiff  ENGLAND

not sure.


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