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Outside the US and 9-11-01
03-03-08, 4:13 pm
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Recent Oscar winning French actress Marion Cotillard talked about the World Trade Center collapses in an interview last year.   Her comments made me want to write about 9/11.  I never felt right before.

 “I think we’re lied to about a number of things,” she said, singling out September 11.
Referring to the two passenger jets flown into the World Trade Centre, Miss Cotillard said: “We see other towers of the same kind being hit by planes, are they burned? There was a tower, I believe it was in Spain, which burned for 24 hours.
It never collapsed. None of these towers collapsed. And there [New York], in a few minutes, the whole thing collapsed.”
Miss Cotillard suggested that the towers, planned in the early 1960s, were an outdated “money sucker” which would have cost so much to modernise that it was easier to destroy them.

On September 11, 2001, Husband and I received several phone calls and numerous emails from former exchange students.  The kids wanted to make sure we were OK, and that everyone we (and they) knew was safe.   The students all expressed concern, empathy, and horror.   What really surprised us is that students from South America and Europe both theorized that Japan was behind the attacks. (This was on the 11th before anyone knew who did what.)  They said that WWII wasn’t that long ago, and we bombed Japan.  As Americans, we were dumbfounded.  Such a thought would never occur to us. 

I was proud of our program that Fall.  None of our inbound or outbound students returned home early because of the tragedy.  People around the world trusted our program to ensure their childrens’ safety, both here and abroad.  It gave us hope for the future.


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ever see this one before?

Comment by M

M, no, but I watched the entire video tonight. Thanks for sending the link.
What has bothered me since September, 2001 is Bush administration’s use of ‘The War on Terror’ as an excuse for the Patriot Act, invasion of privacy, Iraq war, and just about everything else. If people question new laws or rules, their patriotism is in doubt. When did asking questions of the government become a bad thing?
Don’t get me started on TSA. Yeah, I feel safer because I have to take my Havaianas off to go through the metal detector…

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