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Dear members of our transatlantic discussion forum.

I think we all agree that what happened on September 11, 2001 was a terrible act against the American people and against the democratic world. It was an emotional time for all of us, in the US as well as in Germany, and everyone has been affected in some way. 

Now, almost two weeks after the attacks, I believe we have gotten to a point where we can think a little clearer and where we, Americans and Germans, can share our thoughts about what's going on in our minds, our schools, our cities.

We know what our politicians think about the attacks and their consequences
- but what do YOU think? I am looking forward to your responses! But please
remember that this is a very sensitive subject so please chose your words
with care. Thank you!

Kerstin
TAK-Coordinator

---------------in German-------------------

Liebe Teilnehmer unseres transatlantischen Diskussionsforums.

Ich glaube, dass wir uns darueber einig sind, dass das, was am 11.
September 2001 passierte, eine schreckliche Tat war, die sich gegen die
Amerikaner richtete, aber auch gegen die gesamte demokratische Welt. Es war eine sehr emotionale Zeit fuer uns alle, ob in den USA oder in Deutschland, und in irgendeiner Weise hat es auf unser Leben eine Auswirkung gehabt.

Seit der Terrorattacken sind fast zwei Wochen vergangen. Mittlerweile
koennen wir wieder etwas klarer denken und wir sollten uns daran machen,
uns gegenseitig mitzuteilen, was in unseren Koepfen, Schulen und Staedten
los ist/war.

Wir wissen, was unsere Politiker ueber die Attacken und ihre Folgen denken.
Aber was denkt IHR?? Ich bin sehr auf Eure Beitraege gespannt, aber bitte
waehlt Eure Worte bei diesem sehr emotionalen Thema mit Bedacht aus. Vielen Dank!

Kerstin Otto
TAK-Koordinatorin


Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 
From: Peutinger Group, Students from Augsburg
Subject: terrorism
 

We are a class of 21 students (aged 18-19) from Augsburg in Southern Germany. We are deeply moved by the terror disaster in the USA and we are wondering what American students think about the motives for such a horrible attack, about the consequences and the measures to be taken all over the world.

Peutinger Group 



Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001
From: "R", Germany
Subject: An alle Neuen und Alten
 

Hallo,
immer noch geschockt über die Brutalität und Gewissenlosigkeit irgendwelcher Terroristen sitze ich heute zum ersten Mal wieder vor dem Computer und frage mich wie sich ein amerikanischer Schüler jetzt wohl fühlt. 
Eigentlich hatte ich gehofft, hier vieleicht eine Antwort zu finden, aber die meisten hier scheint es ja nicht zu interessieren. Ich frage mich wie ich helfen kann, obwohl ich noch zu jung zum Blutspenden bin und kein Geld habe, das ich spenden könnte. An unserer Schule finden jeden tag Friedensgebete statt. Mich macht das alles sehr nachdenklich; die meisten Menschen rechnen doch damit mindestens 60 zu werden, aber jetzt wird der eigene Tod irgendwie so reell.
Werde weiter nachdenken und nach Antworten suchen, lebt noch 'ne Weile,
R. 



Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 
From: Lea, Germany
Subject: Re: An alle Neuen und Alten

Hey .
danke für die Mail. Bei uns ist es genauso. Ich meine mit den Gedenkminuten und Gebeten. Wir haben in der Aula eine Wand augehängt, wo alle die etwas dazu sagen wollen, einen Zettel nehmen können und ihre meinung aufschreiben können. Gestern hat meine Freundin Kerzen mitgebracht und jeztz beten viele Schüler für die OPFER: Es ist so schrecklich. Ich frage mich wieso jemand so etwas machen kann. Mal einfach 10 000 Menschen umbringen . Ist doch echt gefühllos. 
Mei Bruder weint jeden Abend. Ich höre ihn durch die Tür. Er glaubt der drittte Weltkrieg beginnt bald. Ich hoffe nicht. Ich möchte nicht das jemand stirbt. Jetzt sind Menschen gestorben aber wenn der Krieg anfängt, sterben bestimmt fünmal so viele. Und die Meisten davon noch fast kinder. Das ist doch nicht fair. Ich muss in lezter Zeit auch viel nachdenken. Irgendwie fühle ich mich schuldig...

nach oben



Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2001 
From: Nina, Germany
Subject: Re: An alle Neuen und Alten
 

Ja....echt schlimm!
Jetzt hab ich gestern gehört,dass amerika afganistan angreifen will....obwohl 
sie noch gar nicht wissen wers jetzt wirklich war!
Wenn sie das wirklich machen,dann wären sie auch nicht besser....dabei würden ja ganrantiert 4 mal so viele unschuldig ums leben kommen!
Bis vor kuzem hätte ich nicht damit gerechnet,dass die menschheit nocheinmal 
sooooo dumm sein kann!!!!!
Vorallem hab ich angst,dass es in einem Weltkrieg ausartet oder,dass Deutschland mitreingezogen wird!

Nina


Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 
From: Sandra, Germany
Subject: Re: An alle Neuen und Alten

Hello R.!
First I want to say that you shouldn't claim that nobody is interested in
the situation in the USA! Everyone, definetly every person of the world is
involved in terrorism, violence and so on. I can not understand the terrorists
and I think a lot of people think so and no one could find explanations for
such acts. How old are you? Sorry, but in my opinion children or teenagers can not do very much. I'm also sad, because I don't know how to help. But what do you want to do? You can talk about all happenings, you can watch television to stay well informed, you can pray, you can give money... but you are NOT able to change anything. A lot of people are desperated because they can not give solutions but you can't do anything against the terrorists. Nobody can change the terrorist's opinion. You are right when you say lots of people want to become 60 years old, but you never know when your life is over. Every day you plan what you want to do in your life, but remember that every day you could have an accident, you can get ill....

So, I also don't know what to say. I hope people will think about their
life, their future and the Americans. Perhaps someone from America is able to
write about the situation, his/her feelings and so on.

Sandra (18, Deutschland)



Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2001 
From: Jan , Germany
Subject: Re: An alle Neuen und Alten
 

hallo
ich finde das ganze auch schrecklich...
habt ihr die bilder gesehen, wo die kinder am jubeln waren? es ist doch
unglaublich..
allerdings sollte man das nicht den kindern ankreiden, ich denke, dass hat
damit zu tun, wie die kinder dort aufgezogen und erzogen werden
Was meint ihr dazu?

nach oben



Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2001 
From: Jennie, USA 
Subject: (no subject)
 

I am a 19-year old American college student. I am deeply moved by the number of Americans joining together, and by the number of countries showing their  support for America! I don't want to go to war. I'm so afraid for the world if that were to happen! I think the motive for the attack was simply to hurt America. I don't think that the plane that crashed on the ground in 
Pennsylvania meant to do that... I think they were trying to get to the White 
House to harm the President. Think about it: Terrorists hijack 4 planes, and 
then they hit the two World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon, which 
are the two tallest buildings in the US with innocent civilians, and the 
building that is the center of our Government's intelligence. I think it's 
obviously a horrible thing that happened, and I am so glad so many people are praying! 

As for consequences, I think that the terrorists who are trying to flee need to be punished...I don't know how, though. I don't think anyone should be put to death ever, no matter what they do; even though in the Bible it says "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth," I still think that no person should ever kill another person, which is what the death penalty does. 
Jail? Why should taxpayers pay to keep a terrorist alive by providing food 
and shelter for the rest of his/her life? If the terrorist is not an American, send him/her back to his/her "homeland"? What would be fair about that, to the "Homeland" country? So I obviously don't have all the answers...I don't even have many answers. But I think that through this tragedy, our country and our world is banning together. So many people were hurt by this. So many more are praying through this, and getting through it with the help of our Lord! The more people to gain a relationship with God, the better!

Love,
Jennie



Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 
From: Ryan, Ohio, USA
Subject: Terrorist Attack

hi,  I live in the us and it has been hard because you don't know what will happen next.  When i first heard it i was like scared and thought it was an accident but then i heard that the second one hit then i knew it was no accident.  It has been hard to go on with our lives here but everything is just about back to normal.  We put our flags back to full mast so everthing sould go back to normal.



Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 
From: Nadine, Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: response to the email written by Ryan

Hi Ryan!

My name is Nadine (18) and I`m very sad about the happenings in the world going on the weeks before. Everything is very confusing for me and sometimes I don`t know what I should believe.  Certainly it`s a strange feeling for you and all the  other people in the USA. Maybe the most of you are still shocked but I think your life is getting back to normal. Although you are injured, you try to live your lives like you did before. You try, but something has changed in your mind and you can`t do anything about these changes. These happenings and all reactions of the people, their feelings, their attitudes and their aims have changed and every day they´ll forget this more and more. That`s normal life.

Nadine



Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 
From: Sandra, Germany
Subject: Re:Terrorist Attack (response to Ryan)

Hi Ryan! 
I'm glad that someone from the US writes an e-mail. I'm interested in your opinion because you are an American and for you the whole situation must be much harder than for Germans or someone else. I was at school when the
attack happened and at home my mother sat in front of the TV, I saw the
pictures, the people, the destroyed buildings, it was unbelievable. The next day at school we talked a lot about the USA and everything. All people were sad.
You have written that everything got back to normal life, I can't believe it!
I think it is not so easy to forget and at the moment I am waiting for Americas and Bush's reaction. I also think about a world war because of the UNO
and so on. But I hope it will not come to such a situation. There are definitely enough innocent victims!
Ryan, where do you live and how old are you?

Sandra (17, Germany)



Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 
From: Katie, Ohio, USA
Subject: Re: terrorism (response to Peutinger Group)

Hello.. 
I am a 16 year old female from Findlay, Ohio.  I was shocked to hear about what happened on Tues. 11th... at first it didn't really mean much to me.. because it was just the world trade centers... but then I thought  about it and had a long discusion in my History class about what had happened.... Now I know what all of this was about.. I feel bad for the country that we might have to go fight... I know that it is wrong for us to go in and start bombing and killing innocent people.. but if they are hiding Bin Laden then they should get punished too... we have given them fair warning of turning him in... 

Every time I turn on the T.V I hear things about the attack and sometimes I almost feel like crying.... On Mtv they have had many artist that dedicated their songs to the U.S and within their music videos there are clips from the attack and people helping out with finding people or donating things to the cause.... It is hard to see the people standing there crying and holding pictures of either their friend, parents or any relatives.... these people are still looking for them till this day.... and yes it is very hard to say this to them... but if they haven't found them yet.. they are probably dead.... 

I hope that my feelings that I am sharing with you shows how the younger population of America may feel about this attack to us.... I will share with you some more.. but I have to go for right now.. please reply to me or something.. Thank You!
~Katie ~

nach oben



Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 
From: Gary, Ohio, USA 
Subject: Re: terrorism (response to Peutinger Group)

yo, 
i am a 16 year old boy, from ohio.  I was at first glance 'oh wow a building was blown up', but once i saw the tragedy of it, i was deeply upset.  But the actions the government are taking i don't agree with, how does going to war correct the evil that has occoured?  The american government is taking a stand which i agree with, but this is too much,  we do not want another war.  The families of the victoms want justice, the whole nation wants justice, but war, war in not justice.  Russia was deeply defeated in Afghanistan, so why should the USa risk another vietnam?  Honoring the dead by killing another million or more is not the answer.  The culprits need to be brought to justice, but not by war, war solves nothing. 



Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2001
From: David, Ohio, USA
Subject: Re: terrorism (response to Gary)

i agree with gary on we should not go to war because well end up killing innocent people and we'll just lower ourselves to the level of the terrorists.



Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 
From: Sabine,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
**1/12 e-mail messages by this class
 

Try to imagine losing everything you really need. Imagine being dead tomorrow. How would you feel, if the person you love so much isn´t there anymore, because some people can´t think, aren´t able to think normally, don´t think about what they are destroying. They are ready to end their lives,to take revenge on a country they don´t like. It doesn´t matter to them, if other people also want to die or if they would give everything to keep on living.
They are cold and wicked. Do these people have got a conscience?
I can´t understand how people can be made unable to decide what´s right or wrong. What will last is hatred.

Sabine



Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 
From: Nicole,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
**2/12 e-mail messages by this class

I agree with the others. I think it is very sad, that such a thing happened.
When I first saw the pictures, I couldn´t believe it. I watched TV the whole day  to see what happened next.
And now the pictures from yesterday! America begun the strike against Afghanistan! What will happen next? Great Britain helps America and yesterday the Federal Chancellor said that Germany and France will help, too. And so I think the other members of the NATO will also help.
But will they help with food, or with soldiers? And so another world war could break out...
I´m really afraid.

Nicole



Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 
From: Dajana,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
**3/12 e-mail messages by this class

When I saw on TV what had happened in the USA I was shocked. I saw all the terrible pictures, the destroyed World Trade Center and the injured people and I asked myself :Who was able to do such a cruel and insidious attack?
My biggest fear was that a Third World War will be coming soon.
When I saw that the children in Afghanistan were laughing and celebrating I could not believe it. A lot of people died and they were laughing!!! I was really shocked about their behaviour.

                              Dajana 



Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 
From: Andrea,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
**4/12 e-mail messages by this class

Hello !
I agree with most of the written comments , I also think the USA should react sensibly. Another World War is something which should not happen .
When I read the e-mails I was a little bit shocked by the fact that some American teenagers had no political or historical interest before the terrible attacks in New York and Washington D.C. took place .They wrote things like :
"well , it was just the World Trade Centre ".
But thousands of people died , and there is nothing we can do about it .
As it was said in the e-mails we could spend money and so on . But I am only 16 years old and my generation can not change the world even if we want to .

Andrea 

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Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 
From: Christin,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
**5/12 e-mail messages by this class
 

Hello!
I agree with some writers but I think some of them did not think about the effect of  a war. Some said that there could be 50000 victims but I think there would be many more. Of course a war should not happen. That would be
terrible for the whole world. On the other side, I can´t imagine that there will not fall  bombs or something else. As you can see the USA has already started
their retaliation. I don´t know if this is the right way but I think the families of the victims are satisfied because of this. I can´t be sad if they think so because they lost an important person in their lives.
The right punishment would be to put all the terrorists in jail but this won´t be possible. I can only say that the attack was one of the worst things I got to know in my life. People like us can´t do anything about the terrorism.

Bye, Christin 



Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 
From: Katrin,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
**6/12 e-mail messages by this class
 

Hello!
I agree with the opinions of Ryan, Sandra and Gary because I also think that the US shouldn`t attack Afghanistan. In addition to that I think if they attack
America they´ll risk another war and it could become the Third World War. Also thousands of people would die and the Americans wouldn`t be better than Afghanistan.
I even think America should react in a responsible way. Another World War is something that shouldn`t happen! When I read the emails of those people I was sometimes very shocked by the fact that some American teenagers had no political or historical interest before this tragedy in New York and  Washington happened. So many people died. I think alarming is that some American students wrote things like: "it was just the World Trade Center" or "it didn`t really mean much to me" or things like " I was at first glance oh
wow a building was blown up".
I think it would be reasonable if  some of them spent money or are against
another war. Sad was for me that my generation can`t do anything and that we can`t change the world even if we wanted to!

That is my opinion about this topic
Best wishes Katrin



Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 
From: Nadine,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
**7/12 e-mail messages by this class

Dear friends all over the world,

When I think about 11th September, 2001, I feel defenseless for the first time in my life .I hoped human beings have become wiser but they haven´t. The most important reason I was afraid of this attack was because of a friend who is studying in New York. We couldn`t phone him and these hours were horrible. I don`t know exactly what I should say about this whole tragedy because I think I haven`t enough knowledge to give a fair estimation. I only can say, that I`m really sorry about the thousands of innocent people. Everyday I see pictures about crime, violence and pain and I ask myself if this is the only way to be free and independent. When will we have found the right one?

written by Nadine 



Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 
From: Patricia,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
**8/12 e-mail messages by this class
 

Hello!
I'm a 16 year old girl from Germany! Our English course has the task to write our own opinion about the terror attacks! But first of all I want to say that I really can't stand the topic anymore. Everywhere so much is said about it that I think that we overdo it by talking about it again and again.
But don't think I forgot what has happened recently! But WHAT can we do? We as tennagers can't do anything to help the people in America, that's what I think about it!
It's very cruel that people can do such a horrible thing but it has happened and nobody can change it anymore! The only thing we can do is to  hope that there
won't be a war! But this is not within our power!

Bye, Patricia



Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 
From: Isabel,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
**9/12 e-mail messages by this class
 

Dear people all over the world, 
when I heard about the attacks on the USA, I was deeply shocked and I could`t believe it. First, when I saw it on television, I thought it was a trailer about a new film coming up soon, because of the incredible pictures. I think, we are all involved, especially the countries, which belong to the NATO. I`m glad about the fact that so many people want to help. I feel disgust for the terrorists and more than a sorry feeling for the innocent civilians. Now, weeks have passed, since the attack took place, but there is no day gone by, when I didn´t
think about the people in New York.
I really want to know, what the people in America feel after weeks, whether everything turned back to normal,-I asked myself. Sometimes I can`t describe my feelings and I can`t think clearly. I`m definetly scared, that a Third World War could  break out, I hope not and I hope that President Bush will decide on
the right thing about the future and won´t make a mistake!!!

Isabel


Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 
From: Corina,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
**10/12 e-mail messages by this class
 

At first I have to say, that I am more afraid about the future of the world peace than before. I agree with Sandra because I cannot understand the terrorists and I couldn´t find explanations for such acts, either. Furthermore I think that nobody can do something about the dark thoughts of such people. But that they
are that strong, this I could  hardly believe. But it is sad to hear what Sandra thinks about  life."but you never know when your life is over". It is right but
I think that you don´t think about the end of your life.Then I would like to say something about the attacks in general. It was very unfair that so many
innocent people had to die. I can hardly stand to think about the feelings
of the people who were sitting on the plane...

Corina



Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 
From: Melanie,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
**11/12 e-mail messages by this class
 

Hello,
I`m a 17 year old girl from Thuringia. When I heard  about the terrorist attacks, I was shocked. How come it is possible that only a few men could kill thousands of innocent people? How is it possible to plan a disaster like this? And what I really want to know is what will be now? Today I heard that Afganistan was attacked by America! But is this the right reaction? Force
against force? I think terrorism is everywhere in the world and we can`t extinguish it completely!
I`m very afraid because of  the near future.And I think I`m not the only one. Germany has already experienced war and I`m afraid about a Third World War because I fear people haven´t learnt anything from their mistakes!!!!!!!!

Melanie

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Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 
From: Kati,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen,Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
**12/12 e-mail messages by this class

Hi,
I'm a 17 year old girl from Germany. I want to show my opinion about the attacks in America. I think it is sad that so many people had to die because of  terrorism. There must be a reason for this disaster, I just can´t believe
somebody would do it without a good reason. Mass media makes the affair worse than it is and many people get more and more afraid. They are afraid of a Third World War. Nobody wants to have a war.
Yesterday, the Americans attacked Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries in the world. But nobody thinks bad about America.

Everybody says they are very good: they send bombs together with rice! Aren't they friendly?! Bush said they don't want to attack the people, but what did they do last night? In my opinion America started the war yesterday,
perhaps it will result in a Third World War? It´s not really helpful to support the Americans because the terrorists could attack your own country as a consequence. It´s a problem between Afghanistan and America. Let them better solve the problem on their own.

Kati



Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 
From: Sandra, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks (response to students in Thüringen)

> To whom it may concern

Hello! First of all I want to say that your project with writing comments
and put them into Internet is a very good idea and your mails are very interesting. In the first line you said "To whom it my concern". (this was the beginning of a very short  introduction by the teacher which I did not include in this compilation. Kerstin-TAK) Very good sentence because I think that every person of the world have to be concerned, but meanwhile lots of people are making bad jokes about Bin Laden or the attack. But that's another topic...

I also want to thank you that some of you refer to my e-mail! I wrote an
e-mail because the Internet is world wide, lots of people get current
information from the Internet and so on. I would be happy when more people from every country of the world would write about their feelings, their opinion and so on. But sadly most of the persons are writing here in this system (TAK) are from Germany, some from the USA, but what about the others? Everytime when I see that an American wrote a mail I am happy, but in the last time the topic was not terrorism. A lot of them are talking about normal life, hobbies and so on. That shows that they get back to normal. On the one side it is good, I think children should not live with fear every day and a lot of them are afraid of a World War when they remember the 11st of sep. or the last days. But on the other side it could be that some nearly forget the situation, they think 'Bush will make it' and don't feel concerned with everything. I realize it in my school. On 12th of sep. we talked about what happened in every lesson with our teachers, on TV there were only pictures of WTC but at the moment most time the normal programm starts and in school... no I don't know if Bush made the right decision. But Afghanistan still hides Bin Laden, that's the fault. They had have enough time but nothing changed and so America hit back. A normal procedure. I only hope that Bush know his own frontiers and that not so many innocent (!) people die. And I hope Bin Laden realize that he has no chance, his country is very poor, the people there have nothing to eat and so on, but he threatens the USA (America will never be safe in future...). But nobody knows what dark thoughts he and his members have in mind. 

Sandra, 18, Germany



Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2001
From: Sabine,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
**1/11 e-mail messages by this class

Hello,
My opinion about the attack against America is that it's  unimaginable. It was a cowardly attack, because the attack hurt the wrong people.
 Referring to "R's" opinion I think the only thing we can do is praying for all the victims, but anymore for the relatives and friends of the victims. Every day
they ask themselves " Why my husband/wife ?". They ask themselves " Who can do this ? " But I think they will never get a satisfying answer.  And the money they get from the government and the relief organizations  can't close all the wounds. It is just a little pacification.

Further to Nina's opinion, I think you are right. I don't belive that it's the right way to attack Afghanistan, there also live hundreds of innocent people and their lives aren't less expensive.

But after all, we can just advance our opinion. We can't change anything, we are only the audience in this " game of war ".

                        Sabine



Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2001
From: Ramona,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
**2/11 e-mail messages by this class
 

Hello everyone,
I am an German student, I'm 16 years old. I think it's a little bit late, but I want to give my opinion to other people who want to hear or read it.
I will never forget this unholy day when the World Trade Center was attacked. I was speechless and like petrified. At first I thought it was a bad joke but then I realized that it was earnest. I'm mourning with the people who lost their families and I'm mourning the dead. I can't understand these terrorists, they should be punished, but not with death!!!!!
I hope the situation will become normal in the near future!
LOVE RAMONA!!!



Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2001
From: Patrick,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
**3/11 e-mail messages by this class

Hello,
Most of the mail writers think that praying to God is the best thing that they can do. Some people think that through this tragedy, our country and our
world is banning together. Usama bin Laden and the terrorists should be hunted, because there won't be an end of terrorist strikes. Others think that we'll just lower ourselves to the level of the terrorists by performing a counter strike.

Many are very afraid of a third world war, but I don't think so.

Patrick

nach oben



Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2001
From: Thomas,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
**4/11 e-mail messages by this class

Hi, (Hope for Peace)
I am a 18 year old boy from Germany. On Tuesday, 11th September, I took part in a project presentation in Brussels in the European Parliament, as a man came to our stands and told us that a plane had crashed in the World Trade
Center. In the first moment I didn't believe a word of what he was saying. I thought he is joking, but as the other students started to show newspages on the
internet, I was starting to actually realize what was happening. I was looking at the pictures, but my mind wasn't able to get them. I mean I was standing there for about 3 hours before I started to realize what happened. The World Trade Center, the symbol of the capitalistic world, a symbol of the American way of life had just been destroyed by two planes. Some fanatic hijackers took this nearly undangerous vehicle and transformed it into a weapon of war, to kill thousands of innocent people. Just like that... It seems pretty scary, that a "public transport vehicle" is used to create a weapon.

But even though that this tragedy happened, we need to be pretty careful about our reactions, and I especially mean the American government. Because we
have got peace lying like an egg on a spoon, which we've got to carry over a distance. If it falls down, booom ... then we've got the 3rd World War...., so I
pledge America that President Bush will take the right actions. Since Russia got defeated in Afghanistan already, the same might happen to the US, because the Taliban have got American weapons. I really hope that the US-Government is able to keep the egg on the spoon.

It's good that so many people show interest in this political situation right now.
Your Thomas (a former German exchange student to USA)



Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2001
From: Janine,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
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Hello,
When I heard about the attack against America, it was unbelievable for me, because I always thought that America was invulnerable. In my opinion the terrorist had attacked the wrong people. They hit civilization and the people were innocent. I want to know what the American people thought about this attack and why the terrorists have done that. I want to know why the terrorists
are against America.

Janine



Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2001
From: Steffi,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
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Hello everybody!
I think it's terrible and still unimaginable what happened one month ago.
When I heard about it I wasn't at home yet, but when I arrived there, I sat in front of the TV the whole day. I was very shocked. I can't believe that some human people like you and me could do something like this. And when I saw people and also children celebrating on the streets because of these attacks I thought 'In what time do all these people live? Who gives them the right to say: this religion is right and that religion is wrong?' I think it's very sad that so many peoples live only for themselves and don't want to hear other opinions from peoples who are more developed. ---

---But back to the terrorists. I think, they have to be punished. But if you arrest one, then another takes his place. President Bush wants to have Bin Laden, but
if he has got him then another man is there to finish his plans. I mean that you can't fight it away but one should always try it.

Steffi



Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2001
From: Heiner,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
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Hello,
When I heard about the terrible disaster that happened at 11th September in
New York and Washington, my first thoughts were: this cannot be the truth -
it is just a really bad joke.
But then I recognized how true and also alarming this news was. And after a
while I thought about the consequences that would surely follow soon. Yes, I
was afraid of a third World War and hoped that the American government would not over-react (perhaps "over-react" is the wrong word, because that was just such a cruel and cowardly strike on the  US-Americans and the rest of the entire world), but however the reason for a counter strike was given
from that time on. So everybody knows that the government and especially
George Bush will not tolerate such a terrible crime without finding the
people who are responsible for that. But in the end the President acted
mindful and wise. 

All in all I think that Mr. Bush's consistency was one of the things that convinced other countries to support the United States in this difficult situation. It was a quiet powerful symbol, that America, Europe and the rest of the world stood together against the offenders.

Heiner


Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2001
From: Matthias,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
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Hello everybody,
Of course, the terrorist attack on America is really a tragic incident that shouldn't have happened. I think that there are quite a lot of people who are so
enthusiastic about their belief in a crazy man like Osama bin Laden that they would destroy, fight and die for him. In my opinion, such people have to be
put out of action so that they can't do anything wrong anymore.

The other side is that the attack is too long ago to strike back against Afghanistan. The whole world is waiting for a American counter strike, but they do nothing! Is it a counter strike when everybody knows the America will
strike back? I don't want to have war, I think no one wants to, expect for Afghanistan. Let's show them that the world doesn't need a new war, but let's show them the answer the way they attacked.

Matthias



Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2001
From: Martin,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
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Hello,
My name is Martin and I'm a 17 year old boy from Germany.
I agree with Gary from Ohio. It's the biggest disaster since the 2nd World War and I was shocked like everybody else. And I also mourn with the families of the victims and the rest of the world. But I think the USA shouldn't take such aggressive measures against terrorism because it's the wrong time after such a shock. Now an imprudent proceeding could have bad consequences (maddest might be the 3rd World War). No I don't want to
blame the USA causing the 3rd World War or stuff like that and I even don't
want to think about such a scenario. The only thing I want to do now is to warn the USA and their allied partners like Germany not to over-react in this
situation. From my point of view the USA should stop all military activities by now and retreat their soldiers. Basically I think war is not the right way to stop terrorism.

I think the right way of fighting terrorism is to keep cool and demonstrate unity against it. Just like the way we did it the first days after the attack. Like mourning together and collecting bounties. What I mean is that the governments of the states should work together and work out a plan
to defeat the terrorists in the whole wide world. It is a very big chance to
come closer together on political and private levels all over the world.

Thanks for reading my opinions about the terrorist attack in the USA

Martin



Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2001
From: Ramona,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
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email 10
 

Hello,

I'm a 19- year old German student who has spent a year in North Carolina.
When I first heard about the attack on the radio right after it had happened
I didn't care much about it because I thought, ok, it was an accident and
nothing else. But later on I started to realise what actually was going on.
I was deeply moved and shocked, because I never would have imagined that
really somebody would think about attacking America and kill so many
innocent people. When I got home I called one of my best friends in the US
and he told me about it, too, then later on I put up a black crape to the 4
American flags, which are hanging in my room, because I didn't know what
else to do and how I could show my sympathy. I don't really have any
connections with New York, I've never been there before, but I feel bad for
the country and for all the people who have lost a family member without any
warning. I agree with Jennie (part of the consequences) and Katie, those are
good opinions and thoughts about this tragedy. I don't know what I can say
or do, but what I'm asking myself is why always something that bad has to
happen before people realize that they need each other and how much they
depend on each other. That's what I'm really thankful for, even though I'm
not an American, that there are people who are helping so much and how the
world is banning together right now. I just know and realize that life is
too short and you never know when it's going to end, so don't waste it and
always tell people how much you love them and care, because it can be the
last time!
Love, Ramona



Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2001
From: Anne-Kathrin,  Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Terrorist attacks
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Hello,
When I heard that the World Trade Center was attacked by two planes I was shocked. You know that feeling when you get goose bumps and you cannot think. That is why I would not say that the mourning of countries other than the US is superficial. Even today when I read something about that tragedy I get that feeling because the more I think of the situation the more I agree with Sandra's opinion; most people are against a retaliatory measure, but the government does not react on these demonstrations.
"War solves nothing" is the most reasonable sentence we should keep in mind in this time. Even if some people have the alarming opinion that children or teenagers could not do very much. I mean they (we) are the  future (if  there won't be a third world war in the next 50 years), at least we can make it better through by avoiding war when we think of our fear now.
The saddest thing is that there is no human and reasonable punishment for the terrorists. As Jennie has already said, neither jail nor their death would be a solution.

Anne-Kathrin

nach oben



Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 
From: Michael, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Subject: Terrorist attacks

I think what has happened is a great travisty on the United States of America. But at the same time I think it brought about great things in all the countries
around the world rallying around us.  It is especially great to see Germany coming to our aid as I have German heritage.  I know that other countries have come to our aid like Great Britain and others but I am just especially fond of role that Germany has played in the great scheme of the War on Terrorism.

Michael 
Oshkosh North High School



Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 
From: Mike, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Subject: Terrorist attacks

Hello,
Because most of you resided in a country other than the US, you may have skewed your perspectives from the appropriate US response to terrorism. The US MUST retaliate.  If the US had not responded, this reaction would have equaled the US saying "It's okay to bomb our country, kill thousands of innocent victims, and destroy our way of life."

Also, the fear of another world war would be prevented by destroying Bin Laden and his associates.  Many people forget that Bin Laden's true aims are not to destroy the US, or the Western World. Bin Laden seeks twin towers other than the World Trade Center (spelled Center...the British spell it Centre).  Many analysts feel that Bin Laden's first tower is Saudi Arabia,
thus controlling Mecca.  The second tower is Pakistan, the only Muslim country known to have nuclear arms. Both Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have relatively unstable governments, and this terrorist fiend will probably take advantage of this situation. 

Once again, the US has to destroy Bin Laden and other terrorists.  How can anyone, especially Germans, not realize the immense horror of killing innocent victims for the sake of their nationality.  I do not mean to rub salt in old wounds, but please use some perspective. Innocent lives were taken by Bin Laden to avenge a unfounded prejudice.  Once again...not to insult, but this historic events parallels another.  Hitler hated the Jews because of an unfounded prejudice, and therefore destroyed them because of ethnicity.  Hitler had to be stopped.  The Jews in circa 1940 had committed no crime.

In short, please remember that while the US and British bombs blast away at terrorist strongholds, the US is dropping relief for innocent individuals.  The
Taliban must be taken down because they harbor the evil that plagues the Civilized World. 

Mike
Oshkosh, WI USA



Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 
From: Katrin, Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Reaction to the responses from Oshkosh (Mike)

Hello guys!
My name is Katrin.I`m a 16 year old German student from a grammar school in Thuringia. I am really happy that so many students responded to our emails about the terrorist attacks! 

I would like to say something to those things Mike wrote. I don`t really agree with him because I can`t believe that somebody can be so extreme in his believs! When President Bush kills innocent people with his attacks, too, he is not better than the terrorists. Mike was angry about opinions like those. But he also wants Bush and the American government to take revenge and to find out where Bin Laden is at the moment.
In the point that terrorists have to be punished I really agree with Mike. But I wouldn´t do it this way! The US bombs Afghanistan but until now they have had no success at all! I guess they should think about another strategy how to take revenge.
That`s my opinion. I hope I haven´t upset you!!

Bye, Katrin



Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 
From: Andrea, Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Response to Mike

Hi!
I am very glad that so many students answered our emails . This time I want to refer to a comment written by Mike from Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

I am not quite sure about my attitude towards his opinion. He seems to be very extreme. He writes that innocent people have died and that he wants his government to take revenge. That they have to find Bin Laden. I agree with the fact that the terrorists have to be punished. But not in this way, I think. Until now the USA have had no success in finding the terrorist´s leader and so on. They bombed a city, killed also a lot of civilians and caused a wave of refugees. And I do not think the sentence "How can anyone, especially Germans, not realize the immense horror of killing innocent victims for the sake of their nationality" is fitting at all.

Andrea



Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 
From: Melanie, Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Response to Mike

Dear Mike,
I agree with your opinion that America has to do something about the Taliban regime. But do you think to bomb Afghanistan is the right answer? If they
only hit buildings of the Taliban it would be fair. But I also hear about civilians who were killed. And they were innocent! They didn`t attack the World Trade Center! I think we have realised the great extent of the disaster.But maybe we can be more objective! We don`t only see the catastrophe in America because we`re less concerned! At least at the time being!

Yours,

Melanie



Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 
From: Corina, Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: To Mike, another e-mail about my feelings and thoughts

Hello Mike,

Now, the attacks against America took place a while ago. I don´t agree with your attitude towards retaliation. "The US MUST retaliate", you wrote, I don´t think the way you do. Why and how should the US retaliate? They only fight against innocent people who are not to be blamed for the attacks. And when the US catches Bin Laden, what will they have reached? They couldn´t go back on the 11 September and change time.

Yours, Corina



Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 
From: Mike, Oshkosh, Wisonsin, USA
Subject: Terrorism in the USA - Mike's reply
 

Hi-It's Mike from Oshkosh, WI again,
I realize that my original posting may have been somewhat dramatic, but I do not think calling me an extremist is appropriate.  First of all, the US  airstrikes and commando operations in Afghanistan are necessary.  The Taliban government shares the blame for the tragedy of September 11.  This government has been safely hiding Bin Laden and supporting his regime.  How can anyone say that the US retaliation is unjust.  The 5,000+ citizens of the US, England, Canada, Australia, etc. did not wage war on Bin Laden.

These innocent people just went to their jobs.  In response to the unfortunate loss of innocent life lost in Afghanistan, the Taliban is, frankly, responsible. 
Bin Laden and associates have the support of the Taliban.  This group started this war.  The bombing of US Embassy in Kenya, the bombing of the USS Cole, and September 11 were all done by Bin Laden's group.  If Bin Laden and the Taliban wage war, than these two groups must expect civilian casualties.  After all, the Taliban regime has killed thousands of their
citizens in the last several years.  How would any of you feel if the Reichstag would have been destroyed? 
The US does not aim to kill civilians.  The US aims at bringing justice to terrorism and its supporters.  The US/British militaries have done everything possible to prevent civilian casualties.  Bin Laden aimed DIRECTLY
AT CIVILIANS.  The Taliban does not hold the moral upper hand!  Normally, people in this part of the United States are not too supportive of the Atlantic/Pacific coasts of our countries, but our fellow citizens were killed.  Excuse me if I seem passionate for justice, but our country lost mothers, brothers, sisters, fathers, etc.  How many children were orphaned by Bin Laden? 

Once again, in response to the appropriateness of the US airstrikes, the Taliban/Bin Laden must be dealt with the only way they can understand, force.  These terrorists are not interested in negotiation or peace.

These people want to see the extinction of the Western World.  This is not an unfounded, extremist opinion.  Check out some of the media's files on former Bin Laden interviews, and I am sure that these same sentiments will be said by Bin Laden himself.  For the world to truly be peaceful and free, we cannot
live in fear.

Lest most of you may forget, the US is also continually dropping aid to the starving Afghani civilians, and President Bush himself has started a fund for US citizens to send donations to the poor, starving Afghanis.  The Taliban regime has no interest in their people.  Women are executed because they have been raped.  The government is indifferent to the starving.  Men have been tortured because their beards are not the right length.  The US ousted the Taliban "government" is perhaps the kindest thing that the Afghanis could have hoped for.
Des Hoffnung Americans ist keinen Krieg.  Wir hassen Krieg! 



Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 
From: Conor, Oshkosh, Wisonsin, USA
Subject:  terror: more reactions from Germany
 

I'm an American student; I was at school when the attack happened, and for most of the day we watched the events on the news.  This tragedy shocked many people at school, and there were a lot of opinions revolving around who did it and what the punishment should be.  I definitely think that steps need to be taken against Afghanistan and any other nation supporting terrorism.  I think terrorists such as Osama bin Laden should be apprehended and charged with
their horrible crimes.  I think President Bush has done a great job reacting to the recent events, it's the first action of his that I have supported since he
was elected.  I am positive that a third World War or a war of such magnitude will NOT follow directly from these events.  There are no countries building up armies against other countries, no superpowers facing off, just al Qaeda and a few nations supporting it; with stepped up anti-terrorism around the globe, they will become almost a non-factor.  There is no way that this situation will escalate into a war. 

Conor 
Oshkosh North H.S.



Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 
From: Kyle, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Subject: Re: [TAK] terror: more reactions from Germany

I think that the attacks on America were horrible and dealt a crushing blow to everyone everywhere. Americans were not the only ones horrified by the attacks because there were many people from other countries, it was an attack on all countries.  I agree that America should strike back and that all people should support us on our decision.  The reason i say that is because if we dont strike back it is kinda saying that America is gonna take this lying down and that we are leaving ourselves open to other attacks so by striking back it shows not only terrorists but countries and people that support them that America is a powerful country and that we wont take this lightly.

Kyle S.



Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 
From: Kati, Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, German
Subject: Answer to Kyle`s opinion

Hello,

I'm Kati and I'm from Germany.
I read all the reactions which people sent because they had read our opinions.
I don't agree with Kyle! I don't think that everybody should support the decision of the USA. It is a proplem between the USA and the terrorists and they should solve it on their own. Otherwise people from other countries die just because they have to help the Americans. What would you say if your Dad has to go to war fighting and dying? I think America should solve the problem in another way - without a war! A war can kill thousands of people. I thought the Americans are more sensible. Bin Laden has many supporters all over the world and  biological warefare can kill an entire country! The war should be finished.

Yours,

Kati



Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 
From: Liz, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Subject: Re: [TAK] Terrorism (For Kati)
 

Kati,
Hi I'm liz (18) and I am in Kyle's class. I really ould turn what you said  around. If something so horrible would have happened to your country, the US
would have supported you. The US has helped other countries when they've needed it! It then would be our fathers and our friends fighting too! The terrorists also want the other countries to think they aren't against them. So, either way if everyone sticks together we make a stronger bond to stand strong. There is always safety in numbers, well as long as I've know that to be true. Im sure everyone knows war can kill a lot of people. America is not after
innocent people. They have to take out the major powers of the Taliban and militia. 

I'm sure you've heard all the stereotypes about Americans. We ARE NOT all sensible. Thats the truth. I think this is a situation that has never before happened in history so how could we all be so sure of what to do? Nobody wants war, but sometimes people have to fight to secure the lives of millions of people right now and in the future. Sometimes it takes a little sacrifice.

Liz, Oshkosh North



Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 
From: Dajana, Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: response to Kyle, Oshkosh
 

Dear Kyle,

I was also shocked about the things which happened in America and I agree with you that America must react to this attack. But should it be the military way??? America decided to go that way. Every day I see it on TV - the strike against Afghanistan. I think it was the wrong way, but I don`t know how to solve the problem of terrorism. I only think that America won`t reach anything by throwing bombs. Many innocent people have already lost their lives in that strike and I`m sure that many more innocent people will follow.

I don`t want to criticize the decision of the American government, but I think there must be another way to "catch" Osama bin Laden. Maybe the air strikes against Afghanistan will put enough pressure on Osama bin Laden that he´ll give up and the world can live in peace again.

Dajana



Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 
From: Jennifer, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Subject: Terrorist attacks, response to Dajana

Dear friends

I totally agree with you Dajana.  It was so hard to imagine that people could do this to people.  Me and my friends were a little worried about a Third World War breaking out but it looks like President Bush has everything under control.  I couldn't believe all the people in the Middle East that thought this was a joke.  It wasn't.  Many people lost loved ones or had family members killed because of the bombings.

Jennifer C. Oshkosh North H.S.



Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 
From: Annie, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Subject: Re: [TAK] Terrorist attacks

Dear friends

I have to disagree with most of the responses.  Even though we are teenagers and it feels like we are helpless, in reality we are the total opposite.  We
are the future for this country and we need to start taking responsibility. It so easy for people to say "we are just teens, what can we do?"At a time like this we should be doing the opposite.  Donate money to the red cross, give blood, find a way to make a difference.  You can do anything you put
your mind to, but you have to want to make it happen. 

If you don't feel that desire then don't do anything, but don't say that you can't.  I want to make a difference and I will.  It may not be a big one, but I have donated money to the children in Afgahnistan and to the Red Cross.  It is a matter that can't be left alone.  I encourage everyone who reads this to go out
and do something.  Remember: its the little things in life that count.

Annie 



Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 
From: Eileen, Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Answer to Annie´s email

Dear Annie,
I also believe we should do something, but what exactly? We're only students. Most of us earn no money and if we spent the little pocket money we get, how could this help?
It was a really bad thing which happened on 11 th September, and I'm really sad when I think about this horror event. But life goes on. Lots of people died,
but every day hundreds of people in the world die of hunger and nobody is interested in this. The only difference is that the person who caused the happenings in New York is Bin Laden, but the people who die in the Third World mostly also can't do anything about their situation.
I hope that nobody misunderstands me. The terror attacks were really incredible, but as I have already mentioned: life goes on.

Bye, Eileen



Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 
From: Isabel, Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: Response to Anni, "what we could do"

Dear Anni,
First I want to say that you are right. Yes, the most of us said that we were very shocked, involved, hurt and so on, but nearly anybody said something about a possible solution, about the things we might do to help!!! I think everybody is sure and knows that the attacks on America were...- I can`t find any word to describe such a horror, which isn`t really imaginable. But at this
moment it is our business to do something, to make the world a better place. WE ARE THE FUTURE!!! Even if we are youngsters, we are able to interfere. Nothing will change, if we sit at home, deeply shocked in mourning not doing ANYTHING! Come on stand up folks!!!

Yours, Isabel



Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 
From: Patricia, Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: direct reply to Annie's mail
 

Hello! 
I'm a 16 year old girl from Germany /.../ It's right when you say "we are the future" and we have to do something that we don't feel helpless at all, but what would  change if I spent a little money?? I will never get to know where my money went to exactly! As far as I heard the US will build a new building like the WTC, so it could be that my money goes into that! That´s why spending money would not be the right for me! But what else could I do??? I think nothing would really change the situation! Sorry, but that's my opinion!

Bye, Patricia!



Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 
From: Liz, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Subject: Reply to Anne-Kathrin on Terrorist attacks

I'm writing today for German 3. Today is my birthday!I think that you are right, that our generation can change and make the world better from the pain we all
suffer now. I really was wishing that it wouldn't have to come to this.. a war ..but you know the government seems a little confused about how to handle such a situation. When I heard this had happened I was in my 2nd hour and I was confused at first. When I found out it was terrorist attack I felt scared and hurt for those people who on that day walked on an airplane not knowing that they would lose their lives. I saw the tower collapse live and i felt scared. To see all these images on tv really scared me and it never really hit me until after that had happend that something bad could happen.

I feel that we shouldn't solve violence with violence but I have learned that sometimes we cant avoid striking back on the people that have hurt so many people. I think that the people who follow bin laden were brainwashed into thinking there is one way of life. There really isnt one way of believing in something, each person interprets things differently I'd go on and on forever but I have decided I won't as you get the picture, I assume.

Liz, age 18, Oshkosh North High School

nach oben



Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001
From: David, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Subject:  terror: more reactions from Germany

Hello

I'm an American student.  I really couldn't believe what i was watch that morning.  It was an act that affected all Americans.  It however had one
positive effect, it has brought our country closer together than it has ever been before.  I work at a store and we would receive a shipment of flags in every day and within an hour they were all sold out.  Bin Laden tried to separate our country but he has greatly failed, all he did was bring us closer together and support our country more. 

I don't like the idea of war but I firmly agree that action must be taken.  So far i agree with every thing President Bush has done and I feel he is doing a great
job.  Before the elections I really did not like bush, but since the recent events he has done a wonderful job handling the situation. 

I feel right now that the terrorists are cowards.  the only way the can harm us is by killing thousands of innocent civilians, and then on top of that the
anthrax scares are also a coward way of getting at Americans.  All in all i feel America and supporting countries will win this war and we will grow strong.

David, Oshkosh North High School



Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 
From: Nicole, Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject: To David

Hi David!

I agree with you! I also think that the attacks have brought America closer together. All people are afraid and there is no coldness between them. Everyone feels the the same. I also think that America will win the war, because they have much more weapons than Afghanistan. But I´m afraid of this war, too, because nobody knows, what will happen next.

Yours,

Nicole



Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 
From: Amy, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Subject: terror: more reactions from Germany

Hello to everyone in Germany-

I am 15 year-old American girl living in Wisconsin.  This is not New York or Washington DC, but I too have felt deeply the tragedies of September 11th.  To be in school watching the flaming towers was truly unbelievable.  No one could grasp that this was reality, it was really happening.  I want to thank
everyone in other nations for their support of the American people.  Students in other countries taking in interest of our feelings and well-being is truly touching.  Of course I feel the same uncertainty as you all as to what will happen next.  We too have the great fear of a third World War.  There are other things that have been exposed to us about our nation that we were blind to before.  We, for once, saw our country in the eyes of another nation. Why such hatred for us?  Of course, I don't have the answer.  I would just like to that you all, from the bottom of my heart, for the love and support of this great nation.
God Bless everyone-
Amy



Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 
From: Athena, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Subject: Terrorist attacks
 

Hello,
I feel very saddened by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  As much as I don't want a World War 3 occuring, there's not much, I feel, that America
can do.  If we sit here and take it, they might keep trying to attack America killing thousands more innocent people....however attacking them back, only
antagonizes them more.  I feel we're in a no win situation.  Yes the Americans attacked Afghanistan and no I didn't like it but what else is there for us to do?  I thought it was a good idea to send food to the starving people in Afghanistan, they had no say in whether or not to bomb us.  I also feel sad about the people cheering against us, cheering for all the lives lost on September 11.... but what's sad about it is that they're so immune to it, that it doesn't mean a thing to them that thousands were killed.  It's too bad that people have to see that every day and I wish it wouldn't have to be like that. 

I'm happy that several countries have agreed to join the US and help them out.  Not all American teenagers/people agree with "well , it was just the World Trade Centre ". All people have their own opinions and this was someone's opinion, do I feel the same way? no, It's so sad that so many people have lost their lives and their families have to mourn because people have so much hate in their hearts. Only love can conquer hate.

Athena



Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001
From: Rachel, Oshkosh Wisconsin, USA
Subject: Terrorist attacks

Hello.
As an American, I would have to disagree with some of your thoughts and opinions. Many people are thinking Americans don't care about what happened. I think that is very misinterpreted. We, as a country, have been doing as much as possible to help out in New York and the Pentagon. Many many schools had fund raisers to send money to the red cross. I also think it is wrong for people who are 15, 16, or whatever to think that our generation can't do anything to help. There are many ways you can help. It may not have a big effect right away, but every little bit goes somewhere. You could donate money to the Red Cross or pray for those who are suffering and for the nation. 
As Americans, i don't think we are as afraid of having a third world war. We know what we want, so we will do what we want. We are aware of the after effects and can prepare for them as much as possible. I think it is good for other countries to support us. Just because you support America doesn't mean the terroists are going to go after your country. There are a lot more countries supporting America than there are terrorists. If we call come together to eliminate terrorism, the world would be wonderful.

Rachael
Oshkosh North H.S.



Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 
From: Michael, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Subject:terror: more reactions from Germany
 

For some reason I wasn't surprised when I heard about a plane flying into the World Trade Centers.  My  second feeling was that I was in a movie and nothing was real.  That feeling was quickly replaced by sorrow when I heard about how many people could be dead.  I think president Bush made the right desisions, but I don't think there will ever be an end to this war against terrorism.
Michael, Oshkosh


Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 
From: Mary, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Subject: terror: more reactions from Germany

    It was really surprising and shocking when I first found out about the attacks.  All of my teachers let the students watch TV all day so we wouldn't miss anything.  It was hard to take in as being real.  It seemed too impossible for somebody to do such a thing.

And now with all the information we have it seems to just be on pause.  It's still like it's happening, but it's not.  I can't understand why Osama bin Laden and his followers would do this to us, but I think our attacks on the Taliban were justified.  It's not the people of Afghanistan we want to hurt.  And I do think it's sad that we have had to come to this as our response.

*Mary, Oshkosh North H.S.

nach oben



Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 
From: Annie, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
Subject:  Terrorism in the USA - Response to Christin:

In response to Christin:

a little story: Two boys were on a beach.  The first said to the other, "What are you doing?"  "I'm throwing theses starfish back into the sea, if I don't
they will die up here."  "But there are thousands of starfish.  You can't possibly get to them all, you can't possibly make a difference."  The boy just
smiled and picked up yet another starfish and threw it into the sea.  "Made a difference to that one."

Just like the little boy, we need to see the things we have done to help as big differences.  I don't need to donate a thousand dollars to make a difference.  I
just donated two dollars, but to the children of Afghanistan it is so much more.  No, we may not be able to save thousands of people, but if with my money one child gets a meal it will be worth it.  Things we see as unimportant may change somebody's life, and if every teenager did just this little bit we could do so much.  Apart we aren't much, but together we will be unstoppable.

Annie from Oshkosh



Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 
From: Christin, Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject:  Reaction to Annie´s response
 

Dear Annie,
your e-mail is very interesting. But I disagree with your opinion concerning what youngsters can do. Of course small things like money can help. But what can we change in the world? It´s not possible for us to stop the terorrism or other bad problems in the world. Some human beings will never change. There has been war in the past and there will be war in the future. I think that
people have to learn from their mistakes but unfortunately they don´t.
Things like these can´t be changed by youngsters! We can help in this situation with small things but to what extent? I only want to say that we can´t change people or the world especially not someone like Bin Laden. Brutal people like those won´t change their opinions!
The only thing we can do is to hope for a better world in the future time, but if we will happen to experience a better world, nobody knows!
Perhaps you could write back. I would enjoy it!

Christin



Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 
From: Michael, Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA 
Subject:  to Andrea, Thüringen, Germany

Here is my response to Andrea, the german student in Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany.

Hi!  I am a student in the United States.  On Sept. 11th school was interrupted quite a few times to help the students understand these tragic events.  No one
really understood what was going on until the next day when we came to school.  Once the relization of what had set in, we immediatly set up places to donate money for the victims.  The students and administrators organized a blood drive.  The student store handed out American Flag stickers, so we could how our patriotism for our country. 

Then I read your response and how you said "But I am only 16 years old and my generation can not change the world even if we want to." I do not understand how you can say this when the all the things we have done,
already made quite a big difference in the world. Yes, people died, and we cannot do anything about that anymore, but the money we've raised can certainly help the families who lost a loved one in the act of terrorism. Everything we are doing combines to make the world a better and different place.

Michael



Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 
From: Michelle, Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA
Subject: Anne-Kathrin, Thüringen

I agree with Anne-Kathrin.  There really is no solution to this.  There is no really correct way to respond to this.  By reacting we are taking revenge - a thing many of us were taught not to do as children. If we do not give what they gave to us back to them, then we are kind of taking this laying down.  We can not act like this is not affecting us but is war really the answer?  The problem is there is really no solution. We have to do somthing but does it have to be war?

 Michelle 



Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 
From: Adriane, Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA
Subject: [TAK] Reply to Katrin from Adriane
 

Dear Katrin,
I am an American student living in Michigan.  Yes, the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon had very few connections to my life, but the effect it had on me was still strong.  The days following the attacks were so emotional and we lived in fear of more.  It is unfortunate that some American students feel that it
didn't mean that much to them.  It was an attack on America, and therefore an attack on all of us.  I have not met anyone here in America with the opinion that this tragedy was "no big deal," so I hope you do not think their opinion goes for all of us.  Yes, life returned to normal very quickly, but we all still live with sad hearts and are taking more precautions.

In regards to the U.S. attacks against Afghanistan, I  would just like to say that we are not bombing Afghanistan.  We are attacking/bombing the Taliban
government, an incredibly oppressive group of people who supports Terrorists.  Our military is using very specific weapons to try to make sure that no innocent civilians are hurt or killed.  We did not immediately retaliate against the Taliban, so it can not be said that we didn't think this through.  We spent a month after the attacks making sure we knew what had happened , who did it, and what is the best reaction.  We did not act quickly through anger.  Additionally, America is spending millions of dollars on food, blankets, and shelters to help the innocent Afghanistanian people who had nothing to do with the attacks and who also want to escape their cruel government.  The American children alone donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to feed people in Afghanistan. 

America is uniting in a great way, not only to help Americans get through this difficult time, but to help those being oppressed by their governments around the world.  Hopefully it will not turn into a world war, because most of the world is against those who cowardly kill so many innocent people.  We appreciate your thoughts. 

Adriane



Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 
From: Mike, Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA
Subject: To Patrick from Thuringen Germany
 

I do believe there will be a 3rd world war.  In the Bible it talks about how there will be many wars to come and it will get pretty ugly later on.  I thought
it was so scary on how the news they were giving the terrorists all these ideas of what they could do and how we were so unprepared.  Newspeople were saying how they could get some small pox disease and infect a terrorist and they could just walk through a mall. This disease would become a plague once again because no one has the vaccine to this disease.  One thing the Taliban were thinking about doing was when we dropped off the food that we give to Afghanastan, they would poison the food and say that we, the US, did it.  The Taliban truly hates us and wants us all dead.  Their people believe we are evil, too, because they don't have any sources of information except the Taliban, which always tells them how evil we are.

Mike 



Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 
From: Kris, Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA
Subject: Reply to Sandra

Sandra, 
               I think that your message got taken the wrong way by many of the people in my class. I don't really understand why you say that people under 18
can't do anything. Do you mean if you pray if nothing else, it won't do a thing. I have never heard of that comment about 60 year olds. I don't think I nderstood
it either. I strongly believe that people under 18 can help in this effort. Even if it is convincing someone to join the military, support the military or pray for
those in the military. 
I also read a lot of paragraphs on your site (TAK) on World War III. I don't think one will break out. With the wars in the past I don't think anyone would want to start one soon because of the risks involved (nuclear weapons, etc). Especially because Afghanistan "hibernates" during the winter, because they don't have the technology to keep the equipment going in snow and stuff. Well, I'm looking forward to your response. 

Kris 



Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001
From: Sandra, Germany
Subject: Reply to Kris

Hi Kris! I have not expected that so many people read and answer to my
e-mail! Thx for this!
First I want try to explain my opinion: I think that the most people can not
stop terrorism. They are nearly helpless. It is not possible that everyone
spend some money and that will be the solution. And in my opinion it is the
same with praying. I am not convinced that god exists, so I don't pray. And
therefore I think praying doesn't stop terror. You can not imagine what Bin
Laden's members have in mind, you can not change the whole world. And praying may help people who have strong belief in god in their own mind, but it is not an efficient solution to stop Bin Laden. What do you want to do against terrorism? Do you want to talk to Bin Laden or other terrorists? Do you want to persuade him? Are you so wealthy that you can build up a new World Trade Center?

Referring to your mail I agree with your opinion about World War III. 

So, I hope my mail  doesn't sound angry, I am only sad about everything what
happened and that we are nearly helpless!

Greetings,
Sandra



Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001
From: Sabine, Staatliches Gymnasium Worbis, Thüringen, Germany
Subject:  Response to Jennifer/Oshkosh
 

Dear Jennifer,
I had the same feelings when I heard what happened on 11th September, 2001.
I watched TV and first I thought that it was only a joke. I never thought that such a little and poor country like Afghanistan is able to do that to the
world power America. Nobody could ever hurt the USA, you are safe in America, I had always thought, but now? I really can imagine how you must feel living directly in America. Here in Germany I am also afraid, but it must be hard living in your country these days! But I don´t think that a Third World War has its beginning at this point. America is just too strong. They have all possibilities and I can´t imagine that
Mr. Bush wants to cause more victims.

It was a horrible attack on people´s souls and I think that those who caused the death of many innocent people will once pay the price... I deeply hope so!

Yours, 

Sabine



Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 
From: Barbara and friends, Germany 
Subject: [TAK] Terrorist Attacks
 

On the one hand, something in my mind says okay, we should support the USA, it's not only their problem they are fightimg for. Fighting against terrorism is something that has to be in everybody's interest and as a member of the NATO it should be our duty, because in case Germany was in danger, we would expect their support as well. 

But on he other hand, I often feel that the Americans also ignore problems which concern the whole world! A recent example are the environmental negotiations. Every country was willing to sign the agreement - except the USA. So it sometimes seems to us they don't feel responsible for others, for example for us.

Barbara and friends 



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