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Re: More thoughts - A Canadian View
Posted By: koalamom, on host
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2001, at 23:26:01
In Reply To: Re: More thoughts - A Canadian View posted by teach on Friday, September 21, 2001, at 16:47:00:

> There has been much navel-gazing north of your border tonight. We in Canada were surprised that our nation was not mentioned at all during the speech, even though Canada was in fact the very first nation to react, opening our air space and airports to flights generating from overseas that were to land in the U.S.. This also, obviously opened us to the threat of possible terrorism from one of those flights. As well, we were hosts for days to the tens of thousands of Americans and members of other nations that were on those flights. Canadians have travelled to New York to volunteer, Canadian mining companies have donated equipment to help in the rescue (now, sadly, recovery) efforts, and ordinary Canadians by the thousands flocked to blood banks to donate for what was initially thought was going to be a demand for blood supplies. We are raising money and supplying goods by the tonne to the relief effort. There are dozens, perhaps thousands of other supportive efforts going on of which I'm not even aware .
And Canada has come through for us before. Remember the Iranian hostage crisis?
> I haven't posted to this forum on this topic because I've found that the words I write down are weak echoes of the emotions I feel. I think, though, in my role as a citizen of Canada, I can say unequivocally that we all mourn with you. We all feel the horror. We all want to help. And we don't need to be thanked.
> te (we stand on guard for thee, too) ach

I keep looking at your reply here, wanting to respond and tell you how much that touches me, but as you say so well, "the words I write down are weak echos of the emotions I feel"