12 Sep 2001 mtearle   » (Journeyer)

The Most Isolated Capital City In The World - Living in Perth provides an interesting and detached perspective on world events. Perth is closer to another country than to our nations capital. I was out having a few drinks with friends to celebrate my recent graduation at my local tavern when someone came in and implored us to turn the television on. My friends and the other people their just stood there in shock at the footage that was appearing on the screen. Some of us quite visibly shaken. A comparision I heard today is that this will be a defining moment for our generation akin to the assasination of JFK or the Munich Olympics and we'll ask each other where we were it happened.

What makes it even more touch home is that we know people via at most 1 or 2 degrees of separation that were in the Manhattan area when the collapse happened. It makes me extremely thankful for the quality of life that we have here and my thoughts go out to those more directly affected. Perth is so remote from anywhere useful apart from a submarine base that it makes it an unattractive target and that our tallest building (50+ stories) is rather than a monument to capitalism it more to its failures and excesses.

The media frenzy is reminiscent of the Gulf War but without the anticipation. I hope we don't see Fortress America come into existance, that would be a very sad thing.

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