Volume 95, Issue 48

Tuesday, November 27, 2001
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Guys hold their packages while taking leaks

Randa! Come forward and pick up your salute

The sleeping urge of unity

Randa! Come forward and pick up your salute

Re: "Globalized world demands a focus on the individual," Nov. 16

To the Editor:

Randa Mouammar is absolutely correct.

The deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi women and children are not the fault of a vile, petty dictator who refuses to loosen his stranglehold on power and tests chemical and biological weapons on his people.

Rather, they are the direct result of poorly-planned Western policies which, working within the boundaries of international law, are doing the most they can to remove the fundamentalist dictatorships of the Arab world.

Hence, terrorist groups such as al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad are perfectly justified in defending their way of life. A way of life of inequity, lack of minority rights, no regard for women, no individual freedoms and, worse yet, power concentrated in the hands of a select few.

I salute Mouammar in her convincing argument of why the Islamic terrorist cause is justified. Furthermore, it would be wonderful to know where Mouammar found her definition of terrorism.

"Perceived self-defense of individuals suffering from greaterÉ acts of terror"? This seems to be a definition of self-defense, not terrorism. Terrorism is the act of violently targeting a civilian population to achieve a political aim.

This is exactly what the aforementioned terrorist organizations aim to do, whether for personal gain or if they actually believe 70 virgins await them in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Alon Eshey

Political Science I

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