september 2001 attacks Author & Topic Index Home


  • We know if they could, they would go further.
    * Tony Blair [speech to the House of Commons, September 14, 2001]

  • It will be determined, it will take time, and it will continue over time until this menace is properly dealt with and its machinery of terror destroyed.
    * Tony Blair [on the appropriate action to be taken after the attacks, speech to the House of Commons, September 14, 2001]

  • The people who did this have underestimated them.

    They have looked upon the most affluent and overweight people in the world, seen softness and not understood that underneath, there is iron and resolve and unfathomable will. They have seen the startling diversity of race and religion and ethnicity and heard the cacophony of voices in that remarkable country, and failed to grasp that beneath the heart of every hyphenated American, there rages the heart of an American, period.
    * Christie Blatchford [National Post (a Canadian national newspaper), September 12, 2001]

  • A group of us are going to do something.
    * Thomas E. Burnett Jr. [in a cell phone call to his wife in his last minutes as a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 in which he planned with others to stop the hijackers aboard the flight. Minutes after the call, this flight crashed in rural Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001]

  • The resolve of our great nation is being tested. But make no mistake, we will show the world that we will pass the test.
    * George W. Bush [speech on September 11, 2001]

  • I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.
    * George W. Bush [speech to New York rescue workers, September 14, 2001]

  • Great tragedy has come to us, and we are meeting it with the best that is in our country, with courage and concern for others because this is America. This is who we are.
    * George W. Bush [radio address, September 15, 2001]

  • Me, me, me -- and thousands dead. But that is what happened today. Now it is about us, and not just about them.
    * Roger Ebert [whose wife and stepdaughter were in New York at the time at the attacks -- September 12, 2001]

  • The World Trade Center is a symbol of American capitalism, and from the point of view of probable terrorists, a symbol of American decadence.
    The victims in the planes and the buildings were not the real targets of the attack. The intended victims were you and me.
    * Jim Hedtke [as quoted in Philadelphia Inquirer/London Times article by Mark Bowdon and Michael Binyon, September 13, 2001]

  • This is a formidable enemy. To dismiss it as a bunch of 'cowards' perpetuating 'senseless acts of violence' is complacent nonsense. People willing to kill thousands of innocents while they kill themselves are not cowards. They are deadly vicious warriors and need to be treated as such.
    * Charles Krauthammer [The Washington Post Writers Group, September 12, 2001]

  • I got to kiss her and say 'I love you' and 'Have a nice trip.'
    * Cheryl O'Brien [talking about her last words with her mother while dropping her off at the airport. Cheryl's mom, Thelma Cuccinello, was on American Airlines flight 11.]

  • What do I tell the pilot to do?
    * Barbara Olsen [in a cell phone call to her husband in her last minutes as a passenger on American Airlines flight 77 which slammed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001]