Volume 95, Issue 19

Wednesday, October 3, 2001
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Terrorism expert no. 352

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Terrorism expert no. 352

To the Editor:

Against the homogenous and schizophrenic opinions presented on the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, I offer a few basic thoughts that may help dissuade people from calls to war.

We have no proof of responsibility. What we do have are a few basic media facts, speculation and an angry public. In other words, to attack anyone would be to attack a potentially innocent party.

How can we hope to eliminate the guilty party if we don't even know who they are? Even assuming a guilty party, say, Osama bin Laden, can we truly expect a massive missile launch to find him?

The United States missed him in 1998 and, until there is proof of his guilt and whereabouts, we will miss him again.

The U.S. cannot unilaterally declare war without the support of the rest of the United Nations Security Council. This safeguard prevents one nation from causing a war of circular, escalating conflict.

This does not, however, prevent the defense of a nation, but nowhere can defense be equated with punishment.

I believe the brunt of the casualties will be civilians. Who makes up the majority of any population in any country – terrorists or civilians? If we launch a missile at said country, who will be the majority of people to die – terrorists or civilians? If we sanction trade restrictions against said country, who will suffer more – terrorists or civilians?

War, I believe, will destabilize the United States more. War will make other countries angry. Additionally, war measures will not address the underlying causes of the attack.

Pair this resentment with the continuation of circumstances that caused the attack in the first place and we face a disastrous equation that will likely mean more, not less, war in the near future.

Remember, in a chorus of voices speaking in unity, the best thing we can do is voice opposition at the majority.

Curtis Jones

Honours Sociology III

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