Letters following US Terror Attacks of 11 Sept 2001
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We received hundreds of emails from the U.S.A. thanking us for our sentiment and support. To view a selection of your responses see below.
NB While compiling these letters for publication I have concentrated on the longer contributions. Many more of you wrote to say 'Thank You' or words to that effect, cheers for those too! As usual, Due to the volume of mail I have been unable to respond personally to each of you. Rest assured all responses are read and as always, warmly appreciated. (P.D.Clee)
To see a copy of last week's Ahoy! see: Issue 87
To help the victims of last
week's terror visit:
Dear David & Peter,
That was a great note. This
is the only "corporate' email I've gotten that did
Your note was very touching. Thank you.
Please let us U.S. travellers
know what is happening in London in the
MSH (New Jersey,USA)
Reply: Specific safety issues for travellers
to London over the coming weeks:
Where is Orson Welles, now
that we need the knowledge of his techno-trickery
Yesterday's attack, shrouded
in techno-savvy bravado was unfortunately
We will all never be the same.
WTC & Pentagon Tragedy
I think your views in the newsletter probably portray everyone's feelings in Britain today. A tragedy on such a devastating scale cannot help but touch one's heart and I'm sure the sympathy of everyone in Britain is with the families and friends of the thousands of innocent victims.
It is so frightening though that this so easily could have been our own beautiful capital. Though I have lived and worked in the Northwest of England for 30 years, I was born and lived for a short time in London where all of my family still live, and even on the occasional visit I always feel as if I'm home. How devastating would the same disgusting act of terrorism have been if it had been London? I fear the death toll would have been as high if not higher.
Just one final word, I know from the atmosphere here at Rolls - Royce and Bentley Motor Cars in Crewe, that all of our hearts are with the families today.
You can't imagine how much
your message meant to me here in America. We do feel very isolated
and I feel personally so small and somehow utterly
It is wonderful to know that
we have some good friends standing along side
My best to you,
P.S. I am in the publishing business, as well.
Your timely letter and desire
to assist, shows that we as people are not
In a day that is etched in all of our minds for an eternity I have seen a willingness of the human spirit that wont subside. A strength that amazes me. I work in EMS/Fire and as I site here at my post I cannot quite get a grasp on any one feeling that I am having. I have waves of sadness, anger, confusion, discontent, fear, loss I am unable to depict any one emotion It has hit so many of us in such a way that nothing else has. I sit here amongst Fire Personnel, Emergency Medical Workers & Law Enforcement Personnel as well as some of Americas Finest Military Personnel, dazed yet prepared for anything that could happen. I question why there is so much discord among people, why such disregard for human life, why such hatred . I sit awaiting news regarding a name that surfaced on the flight log of one of the airplanes that crashed into one of the twin towers. The name of a friend . I question my hopes that it is NOT him that was on that flight. I sit and wonder, am I greedy? Even if it is NOT my friend, it is another persons friend, son, brother .. So many unanswered questions so much sorrow wondering why? fearing the unknown .
I am a member of your e-mail newsletter and your compassion and generosity warms my heard and gives me faith once again in man-kind. The fact that you are reaching out your hand in assistance across the oceans to help your American Brothers & Sisters is an act of heroism in its own...
God Bless you and yours,
I just want to say that I appreciate
very much this weeks attention to the
I`m still in the US Army, currently
on lock down because of the events in NYC
I`ve been to NYC too and felt
that New York and London were the worlds` `Twin Cities`(I`m from
Minnestoa),or sister cities that have so much vitality and life
that they make Minnesota and yes, Germany seem like real nice
Thank you for the stirring words and support.
Thank you from a New Yorker to all of our friends in London . Your people and city have always held a welcoming and great time for me and I will be back soon. Meanwhile, I hope that in the future all of you will come visit us. We are going through a horrible tragedy but it will never change our attitude and love of NYC. If anything we are more passionate about our home.
To all of our London brothers
and sisters, thanks for your help and concern.
It is hard to relay my feelings of personal sadness regarding the destruction of lower Manhattan and the loss of so many thousands of innocent lives here in the United States.
It was only last year that I spent much of a day standing atop the roof of One World Trade Center and marveled with the thoughts of what greatness man is capable of. I can still almost taste the flavors that wafted through the air as I sat outside the Krispy Kreme that once inhabited the corner of the building. A successful business like so many others in the area spawned and nurtured by immigrants. I marveled at the success and opportunity that the area bestowed upon so many as I witnessed the lines forming around the corner vendor carts and shops. I sensed a sort of electricity in the air, an energy if you will from the thousands of people descending upon the area to start their day anew. I felt such pride, such exuberance as I gazed down upon Manhattan and what seemed to be the entire world from atop the enormous rooftop observation platform.
As I took note of the many different faces, good people all with similar feelings of awe I suspect, from all parts of the world I truly appreciated what a gift Manhattan had given me and all of the others who were working in and touring the buildings that day. I stopped at the silly penny press outside of the gift shop to have a penny embossed with the image of the twin towers only to be disappointed by the fact that I had no change in my pockets. A dark-skinned, brown-eyed woman took notice of me searching through my pocket lint and quickly came to my aid with a new shiny penny and the additional quarter I needed to work the machine. At that moment the farthest thing from my mind was what horrendous acts man was capable of. I don't know what your experience is in the United States or if you have ever been to New York, but make no mistake, this is a tremendous tragedy for all of mankind. I reflect upon and grieve for the hundreds if not thousands from all facets of life, from around the world whose lives were extinguished in a single moment and try to hold back the tears.
I have traveled to and have been resident of many different cities around the world and I have witnessed no place on earth as diverse and alive with people of as many different backgrounds, colors and religions as is New York. Americans have long known that our security at airports is somewhat lax but our open society has worked so well for so many years on more of a trust basis that, until now, could almost be taken for granted.
It further saddens me to predict what lies ahead for us as security measures are taken to assure this type of err never repeats. Living near one of the busiest airports in the world with the absence of planes, balloons, gliders or anything non-organic in the air is a hard and strange feeling to describe. People across the country are understandably in a state of shock yet remain unusually calm. American flags across the land are flying at half staff as we reflect on what has occurred and prepare for what is to come. There is a tremendous unification of people from all different backgrounds, religions and political parties that I haven't been witness to in my lifetime. Gone is the talk of "the accidental president" Social Security reform and political rhetoric. What has instantaneously swept across the land is a feeling of togetherness and preparation as we ready ourselves for war. People have remained incredibly calm and civil even as airforce jets patrol overhead. Currently Americans from every faction of life are further educating themselves on Afghanistan and the Taliban connection to Bin Laden.
The full wrath of our great
nation will soon be felt by the perpetrators of these atrocities
as confirmation of the origin of these attacks continues to pour
in. For now, we wait, we prepare, we unite as we strengthen our
determination to live free and work harder than ever before to
free others from tyranny and atrocities around the world while
we reflect upon what was and what can be again as we remember
and grieve for the great people of New York and her many visitors.
I am an American living in Atlanta, and my mother is from Sheffield. I can't tell you how much better I feel when I read messages like the one you wrote.
Sometimes we Americans deserve the treatment given to us by others around the world, however, it can weigh on your brain if you travel back and forth like my family does, between the "states" and Europe. I tell my friends that the reaction from others is more important than large retaliatory bombing campaigns shown on T.V.. I guess I feel more "safe" because so many people feel the way I do right now, and they are all over the world. Thanks, from "your cousins across the big pond"
Dear Mr. Clee,
Thank you for your editorial of September 12.
I have always had great respect
and admiration for the British people,
I continue to enjoy your newsletters,
and look forward to my next visit
At this time that is so difficult,
I really appreciate your thoughts
Thank you for your very kind words. Although I have lived in Los Angeles for 21 years I am a born and breed New Yorker. Our family and friends have been giving us first hand accounts and each story makes me cry for my beloved city. Immediately New Yorkers showed that special NY spirit and we will recover. My husband does the majority of his work with Lloyds of London. We have many close English friends who have demonstrated their concern for our family.
However, this is a national tragedy and I appreciate your remarks and friendship. We know our flag will always fly in freedom and with the prayers and support of worldwide friends we will again sing "God Bless America" without tears.
Dear Mr. Mailto:
I am an American writting to
thank you for your newsletter, which I received
I know God is in controll,
but it still hurts so bad. I feel so bad that my love
Thank for being a friend:
My name is Pia. I am an American citizen. I'm studying here in England on what has been the most fulfilling and exciting journey of my life. I am 27 years old and had never been on a plane in my life until I heard the great city of London calling. In what I consider my greatest act of courage to date - I boarded a plane and for 7hrs and 55mins traversed the skies and saw the ocean for the first time in my life. I longed to see the land where legends are born and princesses are made. Because so much of our history is tied together and as countries go - we ARE sisters who stand shoulder to shoulder - I began to feel comfortable and at home here.
All of that changed on September 11, 2001. I live in an Arab community and I was terrified to walk the long road home. I had in my hand the evening standard with the pictures of the flaming twin towers and in my heart and my mind - tortured thoughts of whether I looked too American at that moment or whether I was an open target for individual acts or terrorism as the world as I knew it came crashing down. I cried for those dead people in New York and Washington and Pennsylvania because they deserved my tears and my pain - it was nothing compared to theirs.
Jamaicans have a saying - "What no kill me fatten me". Americans have a similar saying - "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger". We will recover. It's in our blood. Part of the genes that make up the peculiar lot of us. We will never surrender to tyranny or bow to terrorism. A little weaker for the experience, but we're a lot wiser now. Wisdom is better. We WILL pass this test - and that is what this is. There are people out there who think they can strike permanent fear in us. People out there who think fear is a weapon, but we are STILL one nation under God. We need to remember that. And HE has said - no weapon formed against us shall prosper. HE has said vengeance is His. HE has declared that offenses must come into the world but whoa unto him by whom that offense comes. And HE will repay.
I say this to all my friends and loved ones. And to believers this will be no shock, but to some it may open their eyes. As long as we keep our trust in Him we will understand truly what fear is .....
Thank you for your support
in all of this. We need it. This is OUR hour and time of need
and the wise men of the world must help us fight the good fight.
Dear David Clee,
I just wanted to express my
appreciation at finding your message of the need
Please continue to use your
voice in the media as one of those brave enough
Thank you from Pittsburgh for the eloquent Dylan Thomas poem. How meaningful in a time that nothing seems appropriate.
Thank you for your thoughts.
Over here, we're hearing far too much talk of
I am emailing from Maryland,
USA and just received your London message. Your
May God bless our friends in
London and those around the world who love
I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your message. I never expected anything so personal and poignant from a "site". Your words are so true and right on.
We cannot let terrorists control the free world. The fear they incite can cripple the entire free world, if we let it. Why does it always take a catastrophic event to wake people up. This is the first time we have ever been so horribly struck right in our back yard and I feel it will definitely change our attitude.
Thanks again for the personal message. We travelled to your great city in 1999 and I was totally taken by the grandeur and history that was so apparent everywhere you looked. It made me feel that we were simple children just starting our history in America. I do plan to return again. By the way I also appreciated your Prime Ministers words yesterday
Dear Mr. Clee,
I always look forward to receiving
the latest Ahoy! The LondonNet
I was extremely touched with
your opening remarks and how "New York holds a
It was just a short eight years
ago that an act of terrorism tried and
As a born-and-raised American,
I listened to the news on the radio of the
My two favorite cities in all
of the United States are New York City and
As much as New York is special
to Londoners, London is special to us. I
Thank for you from the bottom
of my heart for your compassion and support.
Dear fine folks of Londonnet.
Thank you so much for the kindness
and encouragement. This letter brought me
Thank you again from one of
your friends in the USA. You will never know how
Yours in grief and hope,
Dear Mr. Clee,
I'm just a file in your computer, but the words that you've sent via your "LondonNet Newsletter" have deeply affected me. The entire world is in this together, as the ramifications of yesterday's terrorism will rebound and, possibly, become magnified. None of us is an "innocent" in today's world. As a citizen of a country supposed to value "freedom", I'm realizing that the machine guns I see in airports in other countries are necessary for increased security. Your point about the "money trail" is well-taken, since these terrorists appear to have aimed at both our financial and security centers. The US has got to get tougher inside and outside its boundaries.
Please keep your wonderful newsletter coming - and we hope to be at the London International Boat Show in January! Our reservations are made and, if all is well here and there, we'll be there!
Thank you for your meaningful words.
Thank you so much for your
comments regarding the tragedy in New York. I
Our hearts are grieved, but
our spirits are strong. Thank you for your
As a recent subscriber to your
newsletter, I wasn't sure what to expect even
With warmest regards,
What a splendid note to all of us U.S. subscribers. It's a devastating event that will taint the lives of human beings literally all over the world. I'm sure at least some one in almost every country in the world lost either a friend or a relative in this profoundly evil event.
I'm from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Around here there have been innumerable
Best wishes to you and this American thanks you for the solidarity.
As an American living in East
Anglia, I must tell you that your letter is very much appreciated
in my home. I have set up house in Swaffham and am very pleased
with the wonderful thoughts I received from the business' that
I was in today. Getting the Londonnet email was again very nice
Thank you very much,
Thank you so much for your
heartfelt message. We are feeling devistated and
I've read the text below, writing for you and I totally agree with what you said.
I'm from Brazil and I'm a lawyer.
Here, in my country, everybody was amazed with this tragedy. This happening is a global matter and I think that every democratic nation must join their powers to combat this enemy: the terrorism.
In Brazil, we almost not see things like that, but, instead of we have a lot of robbery and corruption.
We also have a lot of friends and family there (in NY) and we also worry about what will happen with the world and with the people who planned such monstrous act.
Anyway, I hope the guilt be founded and I hope one day we can live in a world full of peace.
Juliana Willens Longo
Thanks so much for the kind
words. Don't know how may times yesterday that I
Here's praying for the triumph of good over evil.
In solidarity and friendship - Peggy
Dear Mr. Clee:
Thank you for your support.
I have visited your country many times, and I
Kudos to you Peter for holding
off on the "party news" this week and
Eric - London
many thanks for your kind comments.
i have forwarded to
I agree that the money-men
are the ones we should be looking at, but
Let's just focus for a moment and assess....
Tragedy for humanity, but we must now stand together
David Clee's Newsletter this week is a very good and appropriate response to the dreadful tragedy that has hit not only the United States but all of humanity. This will surely change the whole of international relationships and the way we deal with terrorism and fanaticism. Let us hope that the free nations of the world will stand together to find and punish the perpetrators of this dastardly act, and that human decency and compassion will win the day.
Thank you for this letter.
The only thing that hurts me regarding your mail, as someone who spent the last 15 years in Israel is that similar messages have not been distributed after severe terrorist attacks overthere. Although the size of attack can not be compared, the value of every soul is equal.
I lived the first 18 years of my life in the Netherlands and the last year in London and it seems to me that the media (especially the BBC, the Guardian and the Independent), and in a lesser extent the local population, hold two standards regarding terrorism. It seems that two standards are held regarding the 'where' and 'who'. It hurts me, to see that the world just seems to have woken up and recognize that terrorism is a worldwide problem and not a local Israeli problem and not just a result of 'Palestinian souls living in desperation' as the bias Guardian would put it after another suicide attack in Israel.
Gideon Meyer, London
I know this is not important
in the light of the cruel events in America but I should just
like to point out that the plural of metropolis is metroplises.It's
from the Greek,not Latin.
PDC replies: Oops, thanks for the clarification Jane
Thank you so much for your letter. It means a great deal to us to know we have the support of others around the world.
Dear Mr. Clee,
Thank you very much for the thoughtful and kind newsletter this issue. Nice to know we Americans still have some friends in the world.
Thanks for your comments. They
meant alot to all of us on this side of the
Not everyone was happy with our comments:
Please take me off your mailing
list. I find your message today one that
Stephanie & Kim,
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