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I thought I was the only one not wanting to turn on the TV today. I wasn't even sure I wanted to read Doonesbury. Glad I did, though.
It's 9/11 and I'm grateful to you for turning off the coverage for a moment in the name of really remembering, Real remembering is costly. It shows up the comparative cheapness of so much collective helpless stuckness masquerading as new coverage.
The 9/11 strip was a wonderful. I am not the only person distancing myself from the week-long mawkish coverage. One of the best insights of B.D. I have ever seen. The fact that Manhattan was practically closed today due to an al-Queda threat shows the "War on Terror" failed. One wonders what would have happened if the West had put as much time, effort, energy, priority and money into understanding, peace, mediation and reconciliation. We can only hope and struggle for a more sane approach from here on forward. Good on ya G.T.
I watched half of the History Channel 9/11 special on Friday. Had to turn it off. If I still feel the pain (far away in Ohio), how much more those who were there that day relive it and carry it every day. Thanks for B.D.'s wisdom and honesty about dealing with loss.
To those responding that we should not be "reliving" 9/11 in such a way, please let me remind you that those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it. Tell me, do you really want to repeat those days? We must not forget.
Thank you so much for your September 11th strip. Somebody had to say it.
Having been a 9/11 survivor, rescue worker, and finally recovery worker, I also say you nailed it.
Thanks for today's strip. You hit the nail completely on the head once again. Interesting how B.D. seems to be the character most often featured in these almost perfect slices of life.
Thank you for today's strip. It conveys my sentiments exactly.
I am hoping for a day with such a paucity of news that the Taliban will be revealed as little more than a shadow, full of sound and fury, a comic rendition fit only for derisive laughter. I am hoping. But thank you, GT, for today's strip.
Doonesbury has found a way to say the unsayable. Listening to the coverage this morning, (because I was driving and my radio's always on NPR) I heard Paul Simon substitute "Sounds of Silence" for the programmed "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Those words from my childhood took on, in this context, a meaning that, to me, invoked a Chomskyan view of the events of 9/11. I wonder -- was Simon also saying the un-sayable? Or was it only that, at pushing 70, he found the difficult "Bridge" to be un-singable? Doonesbury is often ambiguous, but not this time. Thank you.
I have been reading the strip for over 40 years, and have never had the impulse to write an email of this type during my 60 years on the planet. Today's 9/11 piece may be the best work you have ever done. Tomorrow I will go to work and try to approach your achievement.
Oh, thank you for your 9/11 strip. I so agree. Not only does all the coverage make us feel terrible, it likely makes al-Qaeda feel happy and triumphant all over again.
Re. 9/11 coverage: GBT, you nailed it. Thank you!
Thank you for the Sunday strip's point of view. I do feel the same way, though I was so moved and did listen to the Times' audio tapes of the early events through the air traffic system. Thank you, thank you.
Thank you, Mr. Trudeau. As a survivor of 9/11, I'd say you hit the nail on the head for how I and most of the other survivors probably feel right about now.
Thanks, Garry, from someone in B.D.'s second category. Nuff said.
I'm sorry for B.D. (and America). I'd say something, but this level of grief doesn't want to hear anything that makes sense.
Here's another one who cares. Happy birthday, B.D. You're one of my favorite Doonesbury characters. Sorry it's a belated wish.
For several months i have wondered what kind of strip you would run on this day. I knew it would be something special, but you completely exceeded yourself. The first three panels captured it all, and B.D.'s simple request -- as short as those two sentences were -- made every other comment redundant. Keep up your good work.