Volume 95, Issue 44

Tuesday, November 20, 2001
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Al-Qaida asks for it - the U.S. gives it to them

Beauty comes before diversity

Canadian soldiers dying for ignorance?

Al-Qaida asks for it - the U.S. gives it to them

Re: "Things to do before the winter sets in," Nov. 15

To the Editor:

How very typical of an organization like Oxfam to speak up for the underprivileged and innocents in this war against terrorism.

It's honourable you carry this concern for Afghanistan's innocents Mike, but to the apparent exclusion of what? What about the thousands of innocents who died in the terrorist attacks?

How do you weigh your unyielding disapproval of America's retaliation on the Taliban against the need to avenge the intentional murder of thousands?

I don't doubt this is a just war. I don't think any reasonable person could say al-Qaida didn't bring war upon themselves. What other reaction could you possibly expect from such an attack on the world's greatest military power?

If you want to lay blame for the loss of civilian Afghani lives at anyone's feet, look to al-Qaida. Look to the Taliban. Look to bin Laden.

Gretes states: "To merely wage this war is to commit an atrocity of the highest magnitude." And "we must have justice for the victims of Sept. 11, but it cannot be had in this way."

Want your cake and eat it too, Mike? Only an idealist would state that we need justice but wouldn't have the stomach to see that it is ensured.

The reason we must have justice for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks is because we must react to the real atrocity of the highest magnitude.

To say America and its allies are committing a terrible sin is fallacious. How can you replace the anger you must have felt when witnessing the horror of New York with your na•ve insistence that war on these terrorists is such a reprehensible act?

How, if not through military operations, is vengeance dispensed? How can you equate the war on terror, a military campaign aimed specifically at militant murderers, to the acts of terrorism, a deliberate attack on thousands of innocents?

Rather than calling for an end to the military efforts, Oxfam should be congratulating America for ending the unjust regime, which only days ago was committing some of the worst human rights violations on the planet and harbouring the world's most atrocious criminals.

Mark Sheard

Cross-disciplinary Studies 2000

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