The World’s Response to 9/11

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, people in countries all over the world showed sympathy, solidarity, and support for the US as we mourned those we lost. Mental_floss has a roundup of the international reactions to the events. Here's a small sample:
In London, the Star Spangled Banner played during the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, while traffic came to a standstill in The Mall nearby.

In Beijing, tens of thousands of people visited the U.S. Embassy, leaving flowers, cards, funeral wreaths and hand-written notes of condolence on the sidewalk out front.

In Moscow, women who spoke no English and had never been to the U.S. were captured on film sobbing in front of a makeshift tribute on a sidewalk, and every single church and monastery in Romania held a memorial prayer.

In France, a well-known newspaper, Le Monde, ran a headline reading, “We Are All Americans.”

In the Middle East, both the Israeli president and the Palestinian leader condemned the attacks, and made a show of donating blood.

Read the rest in a post by Haley Sweetland Edwards. Link

(Image credit: Flickr user Thomas Ormston)

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Good lord, what is wrong with most of you. This is a day to remember lives lost not to critique American foreign policy. You have every other day of your lives to do that...........Show a little respect for people who were people living their daily lives, which btw were from all over the world and had no connection with any problems you have with America. A different day or forum ok
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The latest euphemism in the (US) arsenal, "Credible but unconfirmed" ... What the hell! What kind of a society keeps it population in absolute fear, at the same time telling them to go about their daily lives? Keep on shopping ...
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It is indeed unfortunate that the U.S. has squandered the global outpouring of support in so cavalier a fashion. "Cowboy fashion" was Bush's style and it did not do his country well.

Unfortunately (and amazingly), Obama has not distanced himself from it and so now becomes part of the same problem.

Sad. Really sad.
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I remember the day because I had just come back from a job interview; on the train home my father phoned from Eire and said "Well..?" and I told him what questions were asked, how I felt I'd done etc. He paused and said "not about that, about the news".. and I was somewhat annoyed he didn't care but equally confused because living in Northern Ireland it wasn't really mentioned and I'd gone my whole day without having heard of the bombings. Though that being said, with the US funding terrorists in Northern Ireland for years, though it was breaking news, it equally wasn't a huge surprise and didn't dominate the news for long.
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That would be funny, Simon Says, if it weren't for the fact that there are people who actually believe that. But think about it. Would they have really had to go to such lengths to get support for such a war? That's massive overkill.

Plus, we've heard a lot from conspiracy theorists who fanatically latch onto one seeming inconsistency, even when the inconsistency is based solely on non-empirical observation. But we haven't actually heard from one whistleblower, one "Deep Throat", who was involved in this supposedly enormous conspiracy.

Where's the guy who worked for the demolition company that pre-wired the towers to blow so perfectly. What happened to the plane that didn't actually crash into the Pentagon? Why hasn't it turned up somewhere with a new coat of paint?

You can't keep a secret that big in the government, or in the military. Someone will talk. Bill Clinton couldn't keep an intern under his desk without it making the front pages.

Somebody who seemed otherwise intelligent, once told me that all the Jews who worked in the WTC stayed home that morning. How did they know? it doesn't matter - start a rumour, and no matter how stupid, someone will believe it.
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