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A World of Victims Americans weren't the only ones who died.

Friday, September 14, 2001 12:02 a.m. EDT

"Attack on America." That's how news agencies across the country-- including this newspaper--have described Tuesday's strikes on the World Trade Center and other U.S. sites. And rightly so. But as the death toll rises, we are also learning that the victims were global, like the commerce in the twin towers themselves.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says 100 Britons are believed to be among the dead, and the toll could climb into the "middle hundreds." Japan reports that around 100 of its citizens are missing and may be among the wreckage. Some 75 Australians are also missing, along with 27 South Koreans, at least a dozen Mexicans and countless individuals from countries around the world.

In a story as tragic as any, Canada's National Post reports that one Irish-born victim, Ron Clifford, managed to escape the collapse of the World Trade Center only to find that his sister and niece, Ruth and Juliana McCourt, perished in one of the planes that had smashed into the towers.

The terrorists thought they were assailing a symbol of American power and capitalism. But as British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Tuesday, they were really attacking all civilized societies.

-- Rich Marsh (, September 14, 2001

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