Volume 95, Issue 37

Wednesday, November 7, 2001
 
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OPINIONS

Gazette wrong: Atheists don't need proof

America has the right to exercise self-defense

Med students, you may cut loose... now!

America has the right to exercise self-defense

Re: "Using terrorist tactics to fight terrorism in Afghanistan," Nov. 1



To the Editor:

Nabil Sultan's letter in Thursday's Gazette was misguided in its attempt to equate military actions in Afghanistan with terrorism.

First, unlike the terrorists who tried to kill as many people as possible, America has gone out of its way to kill as few innocents as possible.

While I realize this distinction is of little consolation to those injured or killed in the bombing, any proper definition of terrorism surely must encompass some element of intention to kill innocents.

Second, bin Laden and his network have vowed to strike again, so America and her allies have a right to exercise self-defense by wiping out this network and its protectors.

The United Nations Security Council has acknowledged this right, as has almost every government in the world. Only a handful of Islamic states object.

Third, the innocent lives lost during the bombing are small compared to those lost during the Taliban's murderous rise to power and those subsequently lost because of starvation under this oppressive regime.

The destruction of the Taliban and the installment of a functioning government in its place will be the best thing that ever happened to Afghanistan.

Defense against the terrorists is the primary motivation for this war, but a liberated Afghanistan will be a great secondary benefit.

Nabil Sultan concludes that this war will increase terrorism. It may be true that this war creates a thousand little bin Ladens, but if terrorism goes unpunished and is allowed to achieve political objectives, then we will be creating tens of thousands of little bin Ladens.

This is a time for justice and self-defense, not appeasement of the far-flung objectives of terrorists.

Eric Freedman

Law III


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