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a few of people's reactions from around the world... (some of the notes included here were actually posted on later days, actual dates are on the notes)

QBall: OOC: I needed to hear this, mayb we all do
Tue Sep 11 15:33:19 2001
To: All of those who have been affected as I have......
The happenings of today September 11, 2001 will forever be in my mind
and I'm sure it will be in the hearts and minds for most everyone not only in
those of us who play from the USA, but all across the world.

What has happened is a horrible thing, but Isn't it GREAT that it is horrible
There are countries in this world where such horrible terrorism happens everyday
isn't it great that this horror is not everyday, It is horrible but how great that it is a first

I am sorry for possibly violating the safe-haven of a fantasy that we all have
here, but we all have been affected......

Some of you know other do not, In 8 days I am leaving the USA and going to Romania
for 2 years......well maybe I will be going, maybe I won't.
I have shed many tears and said many prayers on this day so that those who
have had losses, out in Arizona, I am almost dis-associated from the Horror
in the east, but everytime I think about it, I want to cry..I am so glad that
I have never been through anything like this before, but we as a country
and as a world have pulled together, people outside the US have been affected
and that compassion for a country that is not their own makes me very grateful
There are people within our own country who show less devotion than some of the
other countries...for those of you outside of the US who care, I love you.

I am sorry for going so far out of character, and possibly violating a sanctuary
from the world, and you have been offended please forgive me.

QBall

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Watts gossips (in common), 'well today is a sad day isnt it'.

Blank gossips (in common), 'i am really mad'.

Watts gossips (in common), 'why'.

Blank gossips (in common), 'beacuse of what happend to day'.

Tyreth gossips (in common), 'take it to tells..'.

Whoz gossips (in common), 'That's Tyreth's way of saying...'.

Whoz gossips (in common), '... we're trying to escape from this...'.

Whoz gossips (in common), '... please respect our wish to immerse ourself in fantasy
for a few minutes'.

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Ebonie gossips (in common), 'One of my best friend's sister was on the plane...'.

Lanfear gossips (in common), '..... '.

Prime gossips (in common), 'im sorry '.

Ebonie gossips (in common), 'I think I'm in shock.'.

Cordir gossips, 'You have my personal and sincere condolances, Ebonie.'.

Kerriariadne gossips, 'And mine, Ebonie...'

Ebonie gossips (in common), 'Thank you, Lady COrdir.'.

Ebonie gossips (in common), 'And you, Lord Kerriariadne.'.

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Cordir gossips, 'If people have not got a full tank of gas, it would be wise to go do so'.

Solaron gossips (in common), '3.00 a gallon in Indiana.'.

Cordir gossips, 'The price of oil has already shot up $30 per barrel and is expected
to climb higher'.

QBall gossips (in common), 'wow'.

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Whoz gossips (in common), 'Nuke Palestine and Libya... that'll do for a start.'.

Whoz gossips (in common), 'That's all I have to say, given the pics of their
'celebrations''.

Cordir gossips, 'I'm sorry, folks, I'm completely out of char today. I am not
accepting time line data or RP'ing. The fateful hour is cancelled'.

Minair gossips (in common), 'yeah and afganistan'.

QBall gossips (in common), 'Cordir, I for one do not fully expect you to stay
in char in knowledge of the events of today'.

Kerriariadne gossips, 'I'm a bit distressed as well... Can't help wondering,
as a small part of Boston's business community,'.

Kerriariadne gossips, 'If I know anyone affected...'.

Zidane gossips (in common), 'ok i am mad'.

Khore gossips, 'Listen, a lot of us are upset. Some of us have personal
involvement in the events.'.

Khore gossips, 'But my council is this:'.

Khore gossips, 'I got up this morning after I got the call, and I did not do
as many did.'.

Khore gossips, 'I checked the news to confirm it. Then I took outside, took
a deep breath, and watched some birds fly by.'.

Mira gossips (in common), 'Bye All, stay safe'.

Khore gossips, 'Then, I soaked up the knowledge that some people I have been
working with are hurt or worse.'.

Kerriariadne gossips, 'I walked with my girlfriend in some nice weather...
*sighs*'.

Zidane gossips (in common), 'i am going to join the army to kick some a$$'.

Khore gossips, 'It's time to think about the rescue effort, and to grieve.
Then, afterwards, in a clear mind, it will be time to think'.

Khore gossips, 'what decisive actions we should take.'.

Whoz gossips (in common), '*nod* And only then'.

Solaron gossips (in common), 'Zidane, it's not that easy.'.

Khore gossips, 'Now is not the time to call for nuclear war, in jest or
otherwise.'.

Zidane gossips (in common), 'yes it is khore'.

Ebonie gossips (in common), 'The last thing we need now is more death...'.

Khore gossips, 'That's just my opinion.'.

Khore gossips, 'You are free to think as you see fit.'.

Ebonie gossips (in common), 'I agree with you, khore.'.

Zidane gossips (in common), 'usa is going to war when we find out who did this'.

Solaron gossips (in common), 'The last thing we need to talk about is going to
war Zidane.'.

Solaron gossips (in common), 'US Soldiers WILL die in that as well. Let's mourn,
and leave the rest for later.'.

Kaldred gossips (in common), 'You make it sound as though that's what you look
for Zidane. I like to hope that it doesn't come to war. '.

Ebonie gossips (in common), 'is anyone here from the ny.dc area?'.

Aslan gossips (in common), 'There have been terrible wars already, and they can
only get worse.'.

Shylok gossips (in elven), 'You can't wage war on terrorists only hunt them
down'.

Zidane gossips (in common), 'i dont look for war i am really mad about this
and i want them to pay'.

Shylok gossips (in elven), 'and even then it is nothing more than a national
witch hunt'.

Aslan gossips (in common), '*emo bows her head down and says to herself 'Lest
we forget'*'.

Solaron gossips (in common), '*nod* Just think of the effects of war, Zidane.'.

Solaron gossips (in common), 'Zidane...*I* am in the military. If we go to war,
I may die for all we know.'.

Solaron gossips (in common), 'You still happy?'.

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Cirth gossips (in common), 'It's no real comfort, but most of the world is
stunned in horror. My country has practicly stopped to watch the news. Not much
happened over here today.'.

Lanfear gossips (in common), 'all dutch channels are news'.

Gitane gossips (in common), 'I can't believe this is happened.'.

Gitane gossips (in common), 'It's just like some kind of aweful movie stuff..'.

Cordir gossips, 'No, its like the Tom Clancy novel.'.

Joeb gossips (in common), 'the embassey in ottawa is locked down with LOTS of
guards'.

Belsambar gossips (in common), 'That's ecactly what my mother thought about
it...like the Tom Clancy novel *sigh*'.

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Morimox gossips, 'i'm still looking outside my window at all the blinding
smoke'.
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Tyl gossips (in common), 'I don't think there is enough evidence for anyone,
especially us, to make any accusations.'.

Maimer gossips (in common), 'Palestinians denied it, and i dont think they would
care to devote that kind of attention to somethin that is not their main
target'.

Armalag gossips (in common), 'Well I'd be willing to bet any amount of money it
was an Islamic group. It's merely which.'.

Belsambar gossips (in common), 'there will be evidence...and the old inforamtion
network from the Cold War is still in use'.

Maimer gossips (in common), 'Then again, we may never find out =)'.

Belsambar gossips (in common), 'the CIA will know who by the end of this week
I'd guess'.

Armalag gossips (in common), 'We'll know withing 2 days'

Chuck gossips (in common), 'I would imagine there will be quite a trail to
follow'.

Maimer gossips (in common), 'I might just vote for the later, and we will have
this kind of crap happening for years to come'.

Belsambar gossips (in common), 'If it happens again Maimer, we'll have every
defense system up and running'.

Maimer gossips (in common), 'oh i dunno, I find humans are quite error prone,
and often stupid'.

Belsambar gossips (in common), 'We'll become as Airtight as possible'.

Jaerith gossips (in minotaur), 'humans are error prone and stupid, as a large
group. individuals are smart, crafty, and often wiley.'.

Maimer gossips (in common), 'Yes, if it continues to happen, we will just los
alot of freedom in this country'.

Belsambar gossips (in common), 'Freedom will not be arestricted as we think...'.

Belsambar gossips (in common), 'besides, we'll probly just set our satalite
systems to finding out who's where'.

Tyl gossips (in common), 'people have become more human again, tho, because of
it.'.

Tyl gossips (in common), 'there is a little good to hold onto.'.

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a few titles from this day....

Cordir wears mourning black. *fate*
Mira says a small prayer...
QBall: Is it the end of the world as we know it?
Morimox is deeply saddened
Sakaba. Terrorists = Bad for everyone...
Doza, Tiger. Hopes everyone is okay.
Quixletobia Korvael Etreas, Tiger STOP THE MADNESS
Gitane. -This is so bad :-(.
Kaldred, Wears Mourning Black. Fate.
Aslan Tsarran, bows her head in respect *fate*talyn
Dezmond Lin. Terrorist bad. Dezmond good. :)
Noctus Wearing mourning black *Fate*
Rigel Wearing mourning black. Fate
Ephiny, Mute Tiger, Mourns the lives lost today.

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Kaleyah: Re: Qball
Wed Sep 12 08:14:12 2001
To: all
Qball, I applaud your desire to help others in this age of distress. It is
unfortunate that people lack common decency and regard for human life sometimes
I wish you the best in your endeavors and to you and yours.
-Kaleyah
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Duvel: OOC: It affected us all...
Wed Sep 12 11:57:27 2001
To: all

The incredible events of yesterday affected the entire free world.
Today, ten thousand miles away, I met someone who lost a brother and
sister-in-law (probably). The shock and anger is felt by all of us.
My thoughts are with those who have the unpleasant task of searching
for survivors, and the even more unpleasant tasks of burying the
dead and rebuilding lives. The world has changed. Perhaps irrevocably.
One can only hope that in the long run, the change will be for the
better, and that future violence - on this scale or otherwise - will
be averted.

Duvel, OOC
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Gitane: http://www.nycondolence.com/
Wed Sep 12 13:07:18 2001
To: all
OOC: There is an unofficial condolence website where you can post your condolences.
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Jaerith: The Muslim Faith
Thu Sep 13 12:34:16 2001
To: all

I'm breaking this up into two notes, because it's too long
otherwise. I hope it sheds a little light on those who are
less than civilized during this time of crisis. I found it
on a Journal post in a public message board.
-Jaerith

I am a muslim and I live in the US. I was born and raised in Canada with
Indian background. I feel I need to help clear up what is true and what
is not true with regards to Islam.

Islam is a religion and a person practicing Islam is a muslim. There are
five basics pillars of islam that any muslim should follow. All the
guidance of what muslims should do is in the holy book called the Qu'ran
or Koran.

Unfortunately, it seems that Bin Laden and others have taken religion as
a vehicle to project their political hatred and motives. What he is
doing, has nothing to do with Islam at all. Islam teaches people to be
loving, peace giving, god fearing people. It teaches us to live with
diversity, other religions, and humility.

All the things that bin laden has said in the interviews and has done in
the past are not words from the qu'ran but his words. And unfortunately
the media and lack of real knowledge has blurred what is true and what
is not.

The statement by binladen that non-muslims cannot live in a muslim
country is false - 100% false. India was ruled by muslims for 900 years,
christians, muslims and hindus lived happily together. Same in
palestine, before the partition, arab jews and arab muslims lived
together for hundreds of years in peace. The main reasons for hatred and
fighting the past 50 years was due more to political landscape than
religion. Unfortunately, religion is a powerful tool that gets people
motivated and people in power have used it as the lauch pad for fighting.

Another item that binladen keeps talking about is Jihad or holy war.
There is discussion of Jihad in the Qu'ran and when and why it is
appropriate. It is never an offensive tactic. Jihad is only permitted
when a muslim is being opppressed to practice their religion. Only real
examples where Jihad may have been appropriate in recent years would be
the Bosnian war where Bosnian muslims were being executed strictly based
on their religion. But by no means, can a muslim country attack another
country (muslim or not) as an act of Jihad. That is incorrect.

(Cont in 2nd note)

Jaerith: The Muslim Faith, cont.
Thu Sep 13 12:37:17 2001
To: all

the basics of islam are similar to christianity.

Believe in one god. In arabic the word god is Allah. The god is the same
between all three religions. jews, muslims and christians pray to the
same god. That is very important to understand.

But a true muslim is humble, not greedy, not arrogant and never shows
jealousy. Tolerance, helping neighbours of any race, creed, or religion
is the first thing. One of the five pillars of islam is to give to the
poor. It's required, not a choice. As any religion or race, there are a
small group of radicals that take any religion and bend it for their
convenience. This seems to be the case with bin laden, saddam hussein,
and others who have killed humans for their gain.

None of these people will go to heaven as they believe they will. Jihad
is not valid here nor does is it say to kill innocent children, parents,
and siblings. Jihad only allows fighting among soliders, not civilians.
Unfortunately these people are misled and doing very evil things that
they will be punished for it.

I'll stop rambling here..I hope this helps you guys get a better
understand of what is going on. Just remember, Arab is a race..there are
Arab Christians, Arab Jews and Arab muslims. At the moment radical arab
muslims are causing trouble and doing things that are absolutely not
tolerated in Islam at all. I hope these groups are stopped and removed.

I was in NYC yesterday and I was there when it happened. I saw the
second plane slam into the WTC 2. It was an experience I wish I had not
witnessed. But we need to grow strong and not stereotype.

best regards,
a muslim in america.
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