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Faith, Hope and Charity

Traders Magazine, September 2001

John A. Byrne Editor

This is the most difficult issue Traders Magazine has ever put to press. It is not easy to compile a record of how the attacks on one of the most visible symbols of Wall Street's strength and American power, the World Trade Center, changed our lives in a sad and deeply distressing manner. On Sept. 11, hijackers committed unspeakable crimes against humanity when their planes struck the twin towers. Two other hijacked planes also followed a deadly course. At the World Trade Center, more than 5,000 people died or are officially missing, about 700 of them from Cantor Fitzgerald. The attacks took the lives of innocent people of all persuasions, Christians, Jews and Muslims as well as many other beliefs. They did not deserve this end. To suggest that this was a justified attack against so-called Western infidels does not make sense. The U.S., with God's protection, should never have to relive this deadly moment. It is unprecedented. It is shocking. There is nothing welcome or glamorous in war. There is nothing good in war, except in its ending. The prism of time and the long lens of history may help to sanitize the human toll in any war, but it does not bring back the lives cut short.

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