Posted by Colin (18.104.22.168) on September 18, 2001 at 08:27:48:
In Reply to: How Did Sept. 11th Change Your Life? posted by nancyc on September 17, 2001 at 21:11:09:
Not so much how it affected me personally, more how I perceived the effect on the UK as a nation. The US and UK have a relationship going back to when settlers first arrived on your shores. We've fought against each other and with each other. Whole books have been written on the way our nations feel about and react to each other. On a Governmental level we stand together as allies. We're a bit like two branches of one family. On an individual, Joe Public, level we tease each other and make fun of each other. You have your image of Lord and Lady Farquhar going fox hunting, and Mr Smith from suburbia in his pin stripe suit, bowler hat and umbrella fighting his way through the London fog. We have our images of Dwayne and Darlene dressed head to toe in stonewashed denim drinking Jack Daniels in a trailer park (sorry Jonny! LOL) and The Brady Bunch. What September 11th bought home to me is that when push comes to shove, like two branches of one family, we stand next to each other and unite. We come from the same roots. We are two democracies made up of peoples from all over the world. Our two nations are very much alike. It's been said that we're two peoples divided by a common language, which sort of sums it up.
What Septemeber 11th has shown me is that like any family, be it biological family, our CH family, or the family made up of democratic nations under attack, when the s**t hits the fan we will stand back to back and do what it takes to look after each other and help each other. Petty squabbles will be cast aside, we will forget our differences and concentrate on our similarities. United we stand. Full stop.
Peace and PFDAN to all my own family, my CH family and my democratic nations family.
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