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Saturday, March 13, 2004

'We were all on that train.'

REUTERS/Luis CorreasThe banners carried through the streets by grieving Spaniards yesterday really do speak for us all. Terrorism assaults the basic condition of life in a community: our exposure to and vulnerability among others. As a subway rider, I don't think a day has gone by since 9/11 that the nightmare of an attack on the train I'm riding hasn't crossed my mind. And since I depend on the subway, I do my best to suppress the thought. (Oddly, I think of it more during my morning commute.) But I not only want to live in a city, I want to be with other people. So just as I say perish the thought that I might die with neighbors and strangers in a terrorist attack, I also share the compulsion to be with other people in grief. Seeing this picture in the Globe this morning brought back powerful memories of going out night after night after 9/11 to join people I didn't know in public expressions of grief and solidarity. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Spain.

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 13 March 2004 at 1:08 PM

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March 13, 2004 03:49 PM | Permalink for this comment


As a subway rider myself, I have been having the same reaction. When I flipped on the TV Thursday morning, the first thought in my mind was that the pictures could be of Boston or New York or DC. My second thought: we're all madrilenos now.

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