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Responses to the events and aftermath of the events of September.11th.2001

FrictionMagazine.com has compiled a list of articles from independent and alternative detailing and commenting on September 11th's events. Click here to view.


A New Neighbor

On September 17th, I met for the first time a neighbor who lived just a few doors away from me.

While our children played, we introduced ourselves: "I'm from Jordan," he said in a thick Middle Eastern accent. He added, quickly: "But I left Jordan. I like it here. Jordan is too Moslem. I am Christian."

The quickness of his response, the preemptive informational strike, gave me a chill. I have a strong feeling he wouldn't have answered thus just a week ago.

Or perhaps he would have. But I wouldn't have thought anything of his eagerness to appear Western.

Mark Morelli
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Turning Cheek

I was raised Catholic, but once college came I soon decided to take another path. But still things remain with me, and in recent events, one of those ideals that were hammered so often into me surfaced: Turn the other cheek.

With tragedies like these, people often forget that evil always has reasons other than pure hate. This isn't a comic book, and evil isn't in the form of some villain who is trying to take over the world "just because." And there is no superhero who is fighting back since the villain is obviously evil. There is no black and white, only shades of delicate gray. America may have been wounded, and the terrorists are definitely wrong for what they did, but we must remember that THERE ARE REASONS. The media is quickly throwing the label of blame around, but no one cares why. The US seems ready to retaliate, and no one cares why.

No one is ready to turn the other cheek and acknowledge that maybe,
somewhere, we might have done something wrong to bring this on

Jonathan Schnapp


Only because it's in the US?

I don't think of [Tuesday] as that monumental of an event. The US does the same thing a few times a year (bombing innocent people in other countries) and we call it a strategic political move or don't talk about it at all. Sure,, it's tragic, but is it only tragic and monumental because it's happening in the US?

Joe Biel
Portland, Ore.

Editor’s Note: The US is the world’s largest and strongest military power and the fact this occurred on US soil makes it both tragic and monumental but only in respect to the US’s response and what may be to come. The US has a horrible track record of this same sort of stunt, but I worry what horrors the US will inflict after being violated in this manner.

This is difficult to absorb it all, especially with my political views. I can definitely see things getting ugly, what with the invariable reactionary backlash of xenophobia and jingoism. All the "experts" are saying "I'm not in a position to speculate, but ..." And the media are trotting out all the warmongers to throw in their two cents.

It's a scary time to be a pacifist. I hope that people keep in mind that while this is a tragedy, it's one among many state-sanctioned violence being perpetuated on this scale all the time without a mention. Government violence is no better than "terrorism."

Reno, Nev.

A view from overseas

It is hard to imagine the extent of the damage to the affected areas in America, being so far away in Australia and watching the CNN broadcasts over here, it seems so unreal. For people who like myself are in their late twenties, it seems our whole lives have been a series of news broadcasts and bombings and always thinking that the end of the world is just around the corner. It seems now the decision makers are going to have to act rationally and in a clear headed fashion to solve this problem with minimum loss of lives. I hope Bush is not the trigger-happy, weapons enthusiast he appears to be

Nicola Hardy

Reflections on the day and NYC

I walked up the Brooklyn Bridge cables a few times to the top of the anchorage and saw lower Manhattan from the best view in the world. The WTC really stood out as a part of that experience. It is no longer there

I'm going to miss that fucking ugly building (in the day time, or close up). But mostly I'm going to miss all those people working there at twilight from my vantage point on top of the Brooklyn anchorage in my college days that gave us inspiration to continue on in a city with a reputation. Bless them all and may there God or Gods bless them.

Winston Bracken

Sitting in my office in Union Square in Manhattan today (Tuesday), I suddenly felt so far away from my husband and my apartment that are normally just minutes away on the train. What seemed like a normal day and some beautiful weather has turned into the most horrific thing I've ever witnessed.

I went into the city early this morning to go to the gym before work. As I was working out, the news interrupted the program on TV saying the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane. I was shocked and frustrated that the sound was off. I assumed it was an accident. By the time I left and stepped onto 6th Ave., people were stopped on the sidewalks, staring down the street at the tower billowing smoke. It was completely surreal. By the time I had walked to 5th Ave. the first tower had fallen, and people really started to freak out. I remember seeing a pair of shoes abandoned on the sidewalk as if someone had just kicked them off and started running.

I spent most of the day in the city trying to get a hold of Mason and other friends and family and figuring out how to get back to New Jersey. Fortunately, I was able to make it home tonight on a ferry, and both Mason and I are fine. Even in Hoboken, they were set up for the emergency. Anyone who was within ten blocks of the buildings had to be treated for smoke inhalation, and there were tents set up and police with loudspeakers and emergency vehicles everywhere. The view of the towers outside our window is now a huge cloud of smoke.

This is just one experience, and a far less tragic one than many others will tell, but I wanted to share with you how this is affecting us and so many others. As the sirens echo down the street, suddenly canceled gigs and day jobs seem so unimportant, yet making music seems more important than ever.

Megan and Mason Wendell
New Jersey

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