Kevin Hill, Jeff Gerhardt, PJ Hyett, Doc Searls(Linux Journal),
and Arne Flones have canceled tonight's episode of The
Linux Show. This was not an easy choice to make, and there
was not 100% agreement on whether we should broadcast, and/or the
content of any editorial comment we would make. Therefore, instead
of the regular broadcast at 6pm pt, 7pm mt, 8pm ct, and 9pm et;
Kevin will set up a music stream and we will open our IRC
Chat(irc.thelinuxshow.com #linuxshow) for any who wish to talk. We
ask that the flames for favorite targets of blame be kept civil, at
least until firm evidence is developed. Tonight innocence died in
The following comments come from members of our panel that are
representing themselves. They do not speak for all at TLS as a
To the population of the Linux community:
Many people we know are dead. Many more are going to die.
This is a time to help, to grieve, to open our hearts, our
wallets, our homes and our minds.
What happened today may have been an act of war, but it was also
an act of insanity. If Linux stands for anything, it is sanity
about building Stuff that Matters.
We all have work to do. Let's do it.
Greeting on this day of sadness:
Today the United States was rocked with the worst terrorist attack
in our history. The wide-spread and well organized nature of this
attack was on the scale of Perl Harbor in 1941 and the English
attacking Washington during the war of 1812. The infamy of such
cowardly attacks is appalling to the basic fair-minded nature of
Americans, we just do not relate to such a degree of evil. Although
many people from around the world who look at us a "Satan", the
truth of it is we are for the largest part a good and peace loving
people. And, that is what makes this all so sad, but for all
practical purposes, the United States is now at war, we just do not
know yet with who.
It is my personal feeling that in times as these such issues as
the merits of one technology versus another are trivial. Now is the
time for concern and prayer for others. Therefore, I have asked the
other members of our broadcast team that there be no broadcast
tonight. I suggest that your time will be better spent giving
attention to the dead, and the injured, and indeed too our national
The prayers of my family go out to the families of all those who
died in the four hijacked aircraft, in the World Trade Center, and
those police and fire personnel who were killed in the desperate
struggle to respond to this situation.
My prayers also go to our country, our President and our
national leaders, that they will put aside the petty bickering of
partisan politics for a time, and address the situation of the
IN MY OPINION, there is NO QUESTION that such a
well-organized attack as this was a declaration of war on the
innocent by parties yet to be identified. We urge our national
leaders to find the party responsible and any country or countries
that have aided the parties of this attack, and respond in a quick
and decisive way.
This is a controversial opinion here at the rather liberal crew
of folks here at The Linux Show. But, I am of the firm opinion that
it is important that this response be strong and swift. We have a
history of dealing with suicide attacks that we learned during the
Second World War with Japan. When the military members of the
society you are at war with is ready and willing to throw away
their lives (as was the case with the hijackers), it is almost
pointless to respond in small measured ways. During the Second
World War, this lesson was learned so well at the battles for
Okinawa and Iwojima that it forced our leaders to consider the use
of and then deploy the only use of the atomic bomb during a war in
BE CLEAR, I am NOT advocating the use of a
nuclear weapon, on the contrary I would never advocate that.
However, it is essential in my opinion that we give our full
support to all of our national leaders, be they Democrat,
Republican or Independent; and urge them to respond to this
situation with the strongest conventional means at their disposal.
The parties responsible for this have to be shown clearly that the
price they will have to pay for this attack is too painful a price
to sustain in the future.
I advocate that you all contact your senator and congressman
(even if you voted for the other guys), and urge them to enforce
our constitution to its full extent, and get to the job of
providing for the defense of this country.
These comments are my own and not those of my fellow geeks here
at The Linux Show.
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