Hi to you all,
i just have to answer to this post, although I keep out of most of these war "discussions".
I know of a lot of people from Austria, Germany and Holland who visited New York in the last weeks, they all went to ground zero to pay respect, NOT to "gaff" around and get their adrenalin up.
Most of them just couldn't imagine how big and how great the damages were, cause they never had been to New York before.
(When you live in a town where the highest building is 20 floors, it is hard to imagine, and in tv, you just can't see this huge area the way it really is)
So, yes I am sure there will be others too, but most people who go there will be deeply touched, even when they didn't "plan" it.
A friend of ours, a "tough" guy, a policeman in amsterdam, told me, he went along, because his wife wanted to see ground zero, and he said ok. He ended sitting on the sidewalk and just couldn't believe what he saw. A NY-police officer talked with him for over an hour, about the job done and the job to come and after that he(our friend) could connect again.
We were on the phone for a long time (oh these bills) and he was still very "impressed" (that is the wrong word for it, but no oher comes to my mind)
Take care, Renee
ps: since 9/11 my phonebills are astronomical!! I phone home (Holland) and to friends so much more then I used to.
I guess that was a lesson for me: connect whenever possible, you never know!!