…And We’re Back

The move to the new server took longer than expected, mostly because I had to rely too much on iPowerWeb to do little things like respond to important e-mails. But the site’s all up on my new host and everyone I’ve asked has been properly redirected, so the change in name servers appears to have propagated. If that made no sense, don’t worry. All of it was basically to say that, after more work and time than expected, the site is back and functioning and ready to grow. I’m sure you’re all very excited. I know I am.

But before I write any more here or add any new features to the domain, I’d like to take a moment to pay my respects.

To London 07.07.2005

It’s inevitable that I’m reminded of 11 September 2001. The politicians can’t stop saying that day, which I feel cheapens it, but one look at the headlines from the BBC and all the feelings of that day flood back to me. I happened to get stuck on the wrong side of the U.S.-Canada border that day, and one of my clearest memories is how welcoming and supportive the Canadians were to us, a host of high school kids separated from our families by a closed border. They were exactly the sort of international neighbors you dream of having and exactly the sort I hope I can be.

As for terrorism in general, like the many people posting at We’re Not Afraid, I am not afraid of terrorists. Having lived in Germany prior to 9/11, I was accustomed to warnings about Osama bin Laden and terrorists. I knew many people in the world did not like Westerners in general and Americans in particular. I met some of those people. They haven’t stopped me before and they won’t stop me now. Tomorrow I plan to start the process for applying for a Marshall scholarship with the hope of getting to spend a couple years living and doing research in central London.

4 Responses to “…And We’re Back”


  • I don’t particularly like how everybody talks about 9/11 in reference to the recent London bombings. Yes, it does bring back memories… But you see and hear people spitting it out all over the place, which they didn’t do as much (if I recall correctly) after, say, the Madrid terrorist attack. Strange somehow.

    Anyway, that “We’re not afraid” website is such a good idea. 🙂

  • But you see and hear people spitting it out all over the place, which they didn’t do as much (if I recall correctly) after, say, the Madrid terrorist attack. Strange somehow.

    Ah, yes, but you see, Spain was not our “staunch” ally in the way on terror. In terms of America, we have a much stronger and well-known relationship with Britain than we do with Spain. And, as callous as it may sound if I say this, I think that terrorist attacks happen slightly more frequently in Spain than the U.K.

    In any case, I’m not trying to say that NYC and London were the same thing. They were on completely different scales. What I’m saying is that this makes me recall my own feelings that day. Especially as I have a relative living in London. I didn’t hear for nearly a week whether he was okay or not. I didn’t have anything like that with Madrid.

  • And, as callous as it may sound if I say this, I think that terrorist attacks happen slightly more frequently in Spain than the U.K.

    That’s funny because the initial reaction of quite a few people here was “I hope it’s not the I.R.A./related to Northern Ireland” and “It’s back to the bad old days”. While Spain may have more bombs at the moment because of ETA etc, London is certainly no stranger to terrorism, alot of which unfortunately came from our side of the Irish Sea… The I.R.A. ceasefire was broken by bombing Canary Wharf…

  • That’s funny because the initial reaction of quite a few people here was “I hope it’s not the I.R.A./related to Northern Ireland”

    The thought did cross my mind, actually, but we don’t hear about the IRA so much here, and it seemed like awhile since we had, so I figured it was something else. Someone like Timothy McVay did cross my mind. I was living in NW Arkansas when the Oklahome City bombing occurred, so I still remember that one, too.

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