Last week, we posted a poll to have the TimeGhost Army members vote for the next three TimeGhost Series. The results of that poll are in, and because you are supporting us at the tier of TG ARMY SPECIALIST ($9 or more per month) or higher, you get to decide in what order we will produce them. The first episode of the new series is expected to be published on April 6th, 2020. Please help us decide what that episode is about! The one with the most votes will be produced first, the one with the second most after that, and so on. Everyone gets one vote. Use it wisely.
The three topics are:
1946 The Indonesian War of Independence in five parts . This is a conflict that was framed by the Dutch Colonial rulers as ‘police actions’ but led to between 100 and 200 thousand deaths. In many ways this is the beginning of a long series of colonial independence wars after WW2, and most people outside of Indonesia and the Netherlands know very little about it.
1956 The Suez Crisis in five parts. In this one crisis, all the themes that dominated the second half of the 20th century happen at the same time and in one place. Decolonisation and the decline of Europe, the rise of America, the beginning fo the Cold War, the Middle-Eastern chaos and the Arab/Israeli conflict. The crisis gets really hot during the first week of November 1956, and it’s that week that we focus on mainly.
1969 The Troubles, decade by decade in four parts . Now, the conflict in Northern Ireland is pretty much common knowledge as such, but not so much the details. And in this year of Brexit, we felt it made sense to have a look at what actually happened. How the violence came about and escalated in the 1969 riots. The extreme violence from both sides in the1970s, and the ensuing long war, waged by the Irish Republican Army, the IRA, then the peace process of the 1990’s, and finally the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
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Darn, I thought Vietnam would have been higher on the ballot by now… I guess not.
I hope the IRA conflict gets covered sometime this year, as a citizen of the Isle of Man I live near Ireland, and my grandfather with his many friends recount the horror of the 1970’s and 80’s in the RUC.
I count myself damn lucky we didn’t face heavy bombings like Omagh or the Cenotaph. We did have guards during Tynwald days but that’s about it; I feel terrible for the victims on the mainland.
I still remember seeing the news on the Brighton Hotel bombing when I was 8. I remember my brother commenting after the bombing that “World War III is now imminent.” Between this, the Soviets and me getting traumatized by the news coverage of the Beirut bombings, I was starting to believe that and it was hell all around. A few of my friends would often (sometimes teasingly) remark that, when watching TV, while they watched Dungeons and Dragons when they were kids, I watched the spread of worldwide terrorism from Beirut to Lockerbie. That’s bound to mess up any kid. We may have been an ocean away, but it was still worrisome and tragic to us Americans, even in the '80s. When 9/11 happened, I was seemingly the only one in my family who was not at all surprised (though I initially thought that Hezbollah was behind it at the time until they admitted no responsibility).
I was 8 when 9/11 happened. At the time I never watched the news because it was about “boring adult stuff”, but as I was leaving school that day, my bus driver told us kids to watch it when we got home. When I turned on CBS, I saw footage of a tower on fire(given that this was in the afternoon, they must have been replaying the time between the South & North Towers collapsing). I didn’t see much as my mother quickly ordered me to my room when she saw me watching it & didn’t talk about it to me for the rest of the evening. The next day when my class had a moment of silence, I was still mostly in the dark. I doubt my 3rd Grader self knew what a ‘terrorist’ was before then & he definitely didn’t know that this event would start a war that has lasted to this day. When the U.S. does leave Afghanistan, it’s going to feel very surreal for me. Other than vaguely remembering Clinton being president & Gore vs. Bush in 2000, I can’t remember what the world was like Pre-9/11.
Most members of Gen-Z weren’t even born when it happened and anyone born on 9-11-01 would have graduated high school by now and started attending college. Eerie, ain’t it? It’s reminding me of how people of your age in 1941 barely, if at all, remember a time before the Depression.
I was 25 when 9/11 happened and I remember watching Peter Jennings cover the attacks while desperately trying not to be scared. I woke up early that morning (I tend to wake up at 5), so I saw the whole thing from beginning to end. The last thing I remember seeing on TV before the attacks was an interview with Sarah, the Duchess of York. It would have been a regular, if not joyful, normal day (2001 was not a good year for me after Grandpa died back in March). Then the attacks occurred.
Imagine you’re in my room with my family and seeing my face when this happened – remember the saying, “what you don’t see is scarier”? It was definitely surreal and reprehensible. I also kept remembering what my brother said 17 years prior. Words can’t express enough how messed up and angry we were after the attacks.
As I stated earlier, I initially thought that Hezbollah was behind these attacks (considering what I remembered from the reports I saw during my childhood); my sister correctly guessed that it was al-Qaeda (referencing the Cole bombing of the previous year).
When I visited New York City the next year, it was like going to a different country. The mood was quite somber, security heightened. The NYC that I remembered and enjoyed in 1999-2000 was no more.
I was 3 when 9/11 happened so I have not a single memory about it. The earliest political event I have a memory of is about whatever was left from Yugoslavia. I also remember watching Obama getting elected (and wondering why somebody wants to kill him because he had a different skin colour).
The paris attack in 2015 was particularly surreal for me because I got word from it just when I exited the cinema (was watching Spectre). Never was afraid of those attacks though.
Since we are sharing that story I was 9 when 9/11 happened, given the time difference in Italy the news came during lunch time, I remember I was quite confused when my parents stopped eating mid course and went to the TV.