Volume 96, Issue 13
Thursday September 19, 2002

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No props for you

Re: "Damn the USA" and "Given' props," Sept. 17

To the Editor:

The argument has been made that the United States and, to some degree, the entire western world, are responsible for the acts of terrorism that have occurred. While economic imperialism and western arrogance may be motivators for distemper, they are not an excuse for the degree of terrorism that has taken place.

To try and establish a causal connection between these factors and the attacks on American and western targets misses an important point. The terrorists chose to act in the manner they did. The severity of the attacks can never be justified with such vacuous concepts as "economic imperialism." To kill without just cause is murder.

Should we try to learn why these people felt compelled to act as they did? Yes. Should we address poverty in the Third World? Yes. These are worthy goals. But to try and justify murder is akin to sticking one's head in the sand.

To blame the USA and the western democracies is ridiculous. While it may seem politically correct to victimize the terrorists, it is not just.

We must act with the principles of justice and freedom foremost in our minds, so that we not only prevent terrorist acts from happening again, but remember that we too must temper our natural anger and act as global citizens.

Mathew Varsava
President, UWO Canadian Alliance Club
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