Volume 95, Issue 10

Tuesday, September 18, 2001
 
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OPINIONS

A history to be proud of?

Undeserved harassment

Battling the U.S. warmongers

Tolerance time

Battling the U.S. warmongers

To the Editor:

As NATO and Canada draw up plans for a possible response to Tuesday's terrorism against the United States, we, as educated people, bare a great responsibility to try to ensure our government does not become an accomplice in the killing of even more innocents.

Despite the anger we all feel after witnessing Tuesday's horrors, we must not allow ourselves or others to lose sight of the fact that, in attacking Afghanistan, innocent civilians may very well be killed.

Not only could innocents be killed directly, through indiscriminate attacks, but also indirectly, by being deprived of clean water, food, health care or sanitation. That the U.S. and it's allies are capable of such disregard for human life has been amply demonstrated by their actions against Iraqi society during and since the 1991 Gulf War.

We must emphasize to our politicians and to our fellow Canadians that the need to punish the sponsors of terror does not justify the killing of innocents. It is worth pointing out Tuesday's hijackers may very well have considered their crimes to be justified as a means of punishing a state which, for many years sponsored much terror in the Middle East.

We have an obligation not to simply play the part of spectators, as the drums of war beat louder and louder. We must use our intellects and our communication skills to counter the warmongers and ensure Tuesday's colossal tragedy won't be increased by our own country's actions.

Kevin Shultz

Law III


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