Posted Sep 12, 2001
Yesterday, in America, a great tragedy occurred. Four planes were hijacked, and crashed. Two crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre, in New York, which collapsed. One crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the fourth crashed into the ground in Pennsylvania, assumedly missing its intended target.
Thousands have been killed, and millions affected. Now, whoever did this obviously had it well planned - taking out a major centre for America's commerce, for its defence, and two possible targets for the thwarted plane were the White House and the Capitol building, both prime symbols for the country's government. The hijackers must have known how to fly the planes, since any pilot who knew where they were headed would have crashed the plane in a safer place, knowing they were going to die anyway. Maybe that's what happened in the Pennsylvania crash.
One of the most common sayings taken from Sun Tzu's "Art of War" is "Know your enemy, and know yourself, and you need not fear the result of a thousand battles". The problem here is that someone has declared war on the US, and no-one knows who the enemy is.
I have no idea who these terrorists are working for - a large amount of blame falls on the Middle East and Afghanistan, particularly the fanatical Taliban group. It seems too horrible to consider that this would be organised by Americans, and it is with Afghanistan and the Taliban that the US has its greatest grievances. The greatest fear for me, as an Australian, is that whoever committed these atrocities has not finished, and that they will attack America's most fervent ally.
In fact, our Prime Minister was not 5 km away from the attack on the Pentagon, and was rushed to safety. In a more whimsical situation, many would make comments on how unfortunate it was that it missed him, and I daresay I would be one of them, but this is just too horrible to make any jokes about just yet.
The only thoughts I have at the moment are sympathy for the victims, and those associated with them, and anger at whoever did this for doing it and not making any claim about it. Someone with a specific goal in mind would be making threats at this time, that if their demands are not met then they will find some way to do it again. But someone performing acts of sabotage on such a huge scale, offering no identification, is doing this out of revenge, and that is something to be feared, because it is impossible to know when they will feel that they have had enough revenge, and it is likely that the answer is never.
Posted May 24, 2001
Here I am at school, pointing out to my friends that I, like many others, am carrying my towel around in mourning. And in afternoun, too. Beforenoun as well, in thecase of some verbs.
But I digress. And I egress, as well. But while doing so, I am carrying my towel around, along with the school's copy of H2G2, bookmarked at the spot which explains exactly why I'm walking around, carrying a towel.
Long live DNA! In spirit, at least.
Posted May 14, 2001
I am now adding my name to those who mourn the loss on Friday, 11th May, of Douglas Noel Adams, without whom none of this - h2g2, the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, the Dirk Gently books, Starship Titanic, and doubtless many other great works - would be remotely possible.
Goodbye, Doug, and thanks for all the books, and websites, and computer games, and radio serials, and TV shows and ...
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Posted Mar 28, 2001
Well, since this is my journal, I may as well set a little ground rule, based on my belief system:
Do I belive God exists?
Yes. No. Maybe. I believe in the possibility of a God existing (not sure which one). So, technically, I believe that any God has a chance, I just don't think that it's any one in particular. There are quite a few with very slim odds, the Christian God being one of them.
Because of this, I don't mind anyone telling me about their religion, as long as (and I'm sure a lot of people feel this way) they don't try and tell me how I can be a part of it, especially if this means being on either the giving or receiving end of a sacrifice.
Still, may whichever God / Gods / Goddess or whatever is yours be with you. And may pure chance cause unforseen results.