Volume 95, Issue 12

Thursday, September 20, 2001
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Time to trust our government

Nurturning your grey mound of flesh

Time to trust our government

Re: "Battling the U.S. warmongers," Sept. 18

To the Editor:

The United States has declared war on terrorism.

Kevin Shultz is right, we have an obligation not to simply play the part of spectators.

It was not just the U.S. that was attacked when the World Trade Center towers were destroyed. It was an attack upon the world. These terrorists are waging war against our way of life and our values.

Canadians should remember their own citizens were killed in the attacks and Canada has an obligation do it's part in the world community to ensure the safety of our citizens.

Deliberate targeting of civilians is unacceptable. Obviously, the hijackers didn't share this view when they purposely crashed into the towers.

If Canada responds militarily, we will likely cause civilian casualties.

War is not clean and the idea that surgical military operations will avoid civilian casualties is fantasy. Think of the civilians who were killed in Kosovo, Korea, World War II and all past wars.

The killing of innocent people is definitely wrong but it will most likely happen. Prime Minister Chretien was right in his warnings of casualties to come.

We will have to trust our government to use its judgment to ensure that when military action comes, civilian deaths are kept to a minimum.

More pain, suffering and death is likely to come because of war, something no one in their right mind would want. Canada should do whatever necessary, even if it means military action, but let's hope it doesn't come to that.

Ben Eng

Computer Science IV

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