Survivor

It’s Been Three Weeks Since the Attack. How Should America Respond?

imageJASON CHASE
Age 28
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Artist

How should the U.S. respond to the September 11 attacks?Bush is a figurehead with a good cabinet. Even if Dan Quayle were president, it wouldn't matter, because he wouldn't be the one making the decisions. I like Cheney, I like Powell. They're making decisions I would be hard-pressed to make.

Are you concerned that there will be another terrorist assault?Yes, I'm sure it's part of the grand scheme.

Do you have a survival strategy?I don't want to die, but I also don't want life to be changed by one event. In terms of monitoring e-mail and tapping phones for security purposes, I'm an exhibitionist, so I say tap away.


imageJOHN FRANCO
Age45
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Maintenance

How should the U.S. respond to the September 11 attacks?Bush is not the guy I voted for, but so far he and the mayor and the governor have done a good job. The U.S. has to find out exactly what happened. It's not just one person, and we can't just go in and bomb the citizens of Afghanistan because some guy said Bin Laden told him to organize these attacks.

Are you concerned that there will be another terrorist assault?Yes, they're coming back. Right now there are 50 members of my union missing. I don't know if they knew that when they bombed the trade center, they would be killing all these working-class men and women.

Do you have a survival strategy? No, but I have to admit I'm a little panicked.


imageCHRIS
Age32
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Television licensing

How should the U.S. respond to the September 11 attacks?My initial response was that there should be a military retaliation. Now I think it's going to be an impossible war to fight.

Are you concerned that there will be another terrorist assault?Yes. I don't think it will be as big, but as soon as the U.S. strikes, there will be small incidents. I think we need to win the hearts and minds of the people who are at war with us.

Do you have a survival strategy?I keep thinking about purchasing a gas mask.


imageZORAYA GARCES
Age23
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Retail

How should the U.S. respond to the September 11 attacks?The current response is an emotional one and a result of people lashing out. There should be an alternative to bombing Afghanistan to smithereens. All these American flags have turned it into a football event.

Are you concerned that there will be another terrorist assault?I can't live in fear of another assault. I could just as easily be killed by a truck.

Do you have a survival strategy?No. I slept through the September 11 attacks, and it still seems abstract. Until I go down to the site, it won't seem real.


imageLIZETTE HENRIQUEZ
Age32
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Manager

How should the U.S. respond to the September 11 attacks?When it first happened, I wanted the U.S. to bomb Osama bin Laden. Lately I've been watching programs about Afghanistan that are so sad. I've never been involved in the peace movement, but I think I might march for peace on this issue. At least the Constitution guarantees us the right to march and yell in the street.

Are you concerned that there will be another terrorist assault? Yes. I'm less afraid of the water being poisoned than of something being released into the air.

Do you have a survival strategy?I've been thinking about getting gas masks for myself and for my two children.


imageRACHEL CAREY
Age26
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Film student

How should the U.S. respond to the September 11 attacks? There has to be more dialogue, something you're seeing online in chat rooms. I'm gratified that we're not bombing; I think it would be a terrible mistake.

Are you concerned that there will be another terrorist assault?Yes, it's likely that they'll do something big and stupid in a major city.

Do you have a survival strategy?No. You can't live anticipating an apocalypse.


imageDENNIS CAROLA
Age34
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Truck driver

How should the U.S. respond to the September 11 attacks?I think Bush is doing the right thing, but I'm waiting for the bombing to begin. I think they should wipe out the whole Middle East.

Are you concerned that there will be another terrorist assault?It might happen, but I'm not going to worry about it.

Do you have a survival strategy?No, I don't carry anything like a gas mask or a candy bar. I live here, and I'll die here.

 
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