US: September 11 – Eyewitness comments from New York

I was out in the street in Greenwich Village and I saw part of the first World Trade Centre Towers collapse.

A man standing next to me seemed to be in shock. He said he worked in the World Trade Centre and he was late for work today, all his co- workers were dead. As he spoke to me, I saw the second Tower collapse completely. People were jumping out the windows engulfed in flames. After the first blast, people covered with white ash were running up the main streets, to get away from the wave of smoke that was following them. Clusters of men and women were weeping in the streets. I went to Bellevue hospital to donate blood. Thousands of people are doing the same. I am going to volunteer because they are looking for health care workers to help out in the hospitals.

After reports got back during the Gulf War that the US army were shooting Iraqi’s in the back after they had already laid down their arms and surrendered, I remember General Schwarzkopf saying that the numbers of Iraqi dead didn’t matter to him, they were just "collateral damage". I just hope this will not be used as an excuse to start a war and kill more women and children. Already the US is looking for scapegoats. It seems the tail will be pinned on Osama Ben Laden. The cable news stations are showing footage of rejoicing on the West Bank, this is obviously meant to inflame people over here. I was surprised however, that many people were remarking that something like this was bound to happen. All areas below Canal street are evacuated. Quite a bit of transportation and daily activity has been suspended. 

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