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Brad
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0 posted 10-18-2001 04:42 AM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

This is related to Doreen's post. It's a bit long but helpful, I think, in trying to understand the potential danger of words and blanket military attacks.


http://csmonitor.com/2001/0927/p1s1-wogi.html


"Nor has the mood that has gripped Washington over the past two weeks done much to reassure skeptics, says François Burgat, a French social scientist in Yemen.

"When Bush says 'crusade', or that he wants bin Laden 'dead or alive', that is a fatwa (religious edict) without any judicial review", he cautions. "It denies all the principles that America is supposed to be.""

--from the article

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1 posted 10-18-2001 01:24 PM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

that was a very enlightening article

i never would have thought to read the Christian Science Monitor...

thank you for posting this...

from the article
quote:
Washington has found itself alone - save for loyal ally Britain - in its determination to keep bombing Iraq, and to keep imposing strict economic sanctions that the United Nations says are partly responsible for the deaths of half a million Iraqi children.


really? the UN said this? I'm curious... could you explain how economic sanctions could be responsible for deaths of half a million Iraqi children? i don't really understand that part.... and i'd like to... plus, is the US still bombing iraq? if so, how come we don't hear about that? i admit, i don't read the newspaper every day from cover to cover... geesh, i know so little... any clarification on these two statements in the article would be appreciated.

there's some other very interesting articles at that site, as well
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2 posted 10-18-2001 07:13 PM       View Profile for Interloper   Email Interloper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Interloper

Doreen, the USA is responsible because there is not as much coming in the country as there one was.  Someone is going to have to tighten their belt.  The one person who will not is Saddam Hussein (sp?)  He contiues to take the bread and only the crumbs that fall through his fingers get to the children.

Look at last night's news that the Taliban has taken over 50% of the food we dropped in for the people of Afghanistan.  They intend to take even more in order to feed themselves and their army.

That may be an eye opener for some folks, but this had gone on down through the ages and is going on in some African countries right now.  Food brought in from whatever source, the Red Cross for example, is confiscated by the ruling regime and the people continue to starve.

It's an unfortunate fact of life.

I am beginning to like less and less of what I hear coming from the United Nations and am wondering how many people wait each day to hear what Burgat has to say about our country.  

This goes back to a thread we had earlier (that I stayed out of, I think) about why the USA is always the culprit responsible for whatever bad happens in the world.
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Doreen,

I've been trying to find that UN report but I don't have the time anymore. At any rate, take it with a grain of salt. I don't see how they could come up with reliable results at this time; at the very least, you can't know who would have died if the economic sanctions were not in place.

The bombing of Iraq, I think, refers to the intermittent missile attacks since the Gulf War.

Interloper's right about the Taliban taking the food (that happens a lot, and it makes sense if you think about it.) -- but fifty percent is actually pretty good.

If innocents are indeed getting the other fifty percent.

Has anybody heard anything about people dying as a result of trying to get to the food?

Afghanistan does have a lot of mine fields.

Brad

PS I just realized that yesterday I was spelling Afghanistan wrong.

Nobody's perfect.
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I tend to get a bit jaded when reading news like that. I mean, I've read lots of statistics about how many children have died due to the sanctions. How do they know? How many would die if the U.S. did not help at all? How many children died during the biological attacks on Kurds in northern Iraq? How many die from the minefields peppering Afghan soil? How many children will get the food stolen from U.N. warehouses by the Taliban a few days ago?

It's at times like this, when countries curse the U.S.'s 'world police' attitude, they don't seem to mind at all the food we send. They hate our foriegn policy, but love our wheat. There are times when all I can think of is an old saying: Don't bite the hand that feeds you. If they don't like us, fine...that's OK. We should just take our goods and go home...after all, isn't that a slogan used? Yankees go Home? Then lets see how well these countries deal.

I'm not normally so heartless. But some times, I just get sick and tired of the villianization of the United States.
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Um Ali...one small thing...wouldn't you appreciate any food from whatever source it came from, if you lived in conditions like a large percentage of Afghans are living in? Seriously...and wouldn't you also complain if your country was bombed because it's leaders were harbouring terrorists?

I'm sorry but the people of Afghanistan have suffered so much it makes my blood boil. The soviets, the Taliban and now the US bombing it to get to the Taliban and Osama - which are important tasks - essential even. But it's a bit sad that an entire country has to be bombed to get to its leaders...

sheesh - if someone like Osama was hiding out here (the safest place to be right now apparently) and my government turned feral - I'd be a tad annoyed (to put it mildly) if the US just decided to drop a few bombs on my country...

And I'd damn well take any food offered too...

Don't bite the hand that feeds you you say? what about the hand that bombs you?

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Justification, Brad? Of course not. That goes without saying. Clarification? Not from articles like this. As in everything, there is more than one side to a story. Since it seems that the United States, due mainly to her support of Israel, ranges anywhere from a nation with misguided, questionable foreign policies to the Great Satan, I feel compelled to present a portion of the other side of the story. The Arab Nations are not the only ones who suffer.....understanding does not come only from listening to the woes of one side. Why do some journalists seem only to be presenting the views of the Arab Nations, quoting Arabs who understand and sympathize with what bin Laden and other terrorists have inexcusably done to us, but never seem to give the whole story? The Arab Nations are not faultless. Strange too, isn't it? bin Laden never mentioned, until last week, his 'concern' for the Palestinans in the Israel/Palestinan issue, an obvious attempt to whip up support from Arabs everywhere. Seems as though he was successful too, even with some of the press. Very sad. Very sad, too, that thinking people anywhere would buy into his desperate last ditch efforts. Maybe he will actually succeed in his efforts to cause World War III. Is it just coincidence that a Palestinian faction has just assassinated one of Israel's political leaders and now it appears that fighting will again be escalating in that region at the worst possible time for the U.S. and her allies?  

1.  Nationhood and Jerusalem - Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C., two thousand years before the rise of Islam.

2.  Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a
Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the Modern State of Israel.

3.  Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 B.C. the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.

4.  The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 B.C. lasted no more than 22 years.

5.  For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.

6.  Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach, the Jewish Holy Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran.

7.  King David founded the city of Jerusalem.  Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.

8.  Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.

9.  Arab and Jewish Refugees- In 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews. Sixty-eight percent left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier.

10.  The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms.

11.   The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is estimated to be the same.

12.  Arab refugees were not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own peoples' lands. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the state of New Jersey.

13.  The Arab - Israeli Conflict; The Arabs are represented by eight separate nations, not including the Palestinians.  There is only one Jewish nation. The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost. Israel defended itself each time and won.

14.  The P.L.O.'s Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority, and has supplied them with weapons.

15.  Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths.

16.  The U.N. Record on Israel and the Arabs-of the 175 Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel.

17.  Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.

18.  The U.N. was silent while 58 Jerusalem Synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians.

19.  The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.

20. The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.

21.  Israel is the only member of the U.N. that is not permitted membership on the Security Council.

22.  Israel has never been permitted membership in the International Red Cross.

Our efforts in Afghanistan to bring the terrorists to justice had nothing to do with the tensions and problems between Israel and Palestine. But judging from news reports and articles being written, it sure seems to me that some in the Arab world will not rest until they lay the blame of the conflict at the feet of Israel and the U.S. instead of where it rightly belongs. Talk about evil...


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Denise,

I completely agree that the article does not contain the whole story or even the majority of the story. It simply, I think, I hope, gives a fairly clear picture of one side of the story. My fault, I should have made that clear.

As to the points you gave, I didn't see the article as anti-Israel as you do, but as an attempt to understand anti-Israeli feeling and through that anti-American feeling.

I still believe that America should support Israel. We give what? 3 billion a year?

Sorry about that,
Brad
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Here are a few more viewpoints:

http://www.join.org.au/nswjbod/jerusalem.htm

--Jerusalem: the city of eternity



--this is a Jerusalem timeline.


[URL=http://www.jerusalemites.org/feedback.html]http://www.jerusalemites.org/feedback.html


--this is an Arab point of view

My point here is not to engage in a who's right or who's wrong debate, my point is simply to show, as Denise pointed out, that there are different sides to different stories. I'm quite sure that if this discussion continued in terms of lists, we would just be giving list and site and list and site.

But if you look at Denise's comments, notice the stress on nation fighting nation, if you look at the Arab piece, notice the empahsis on a nation killing a people.

What intrigues me here is not the correct history but the use of history to further political goals.

It's all propaganda.

Brad

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K, you have good points there and I'm glad you brought them up. I think most anyone would be pretty ticked if their country was attacked. In fact, I'd be more worried if someone was happy their country was attacked than if they were upset.

However, the fact that Afghanistan is being bombed is not the fault of the U.S. and Britain. It is the fault of the Taliban. They had almost a whole month to surrender bin Laden, knowing the consequence if they didn't. What did they do? Not send bin Laden over to the U.S., instead they refused. They had their chance and they refused it. What are Americans supposed to do, sit here and say, "Oh, well the Taliban didn't surrender bin Laden. No problem!" If we had done that we are inviting another terrorist attack like that of September 11th. Then we would have been just as guilty as the terrorists who perpetrated the attack.

It annoys me, to say the least, that people will take what they want from the U.S. and then, after they have what they want, continue their prejudice against the nation. I agree with Ali on this-you can't bite the hand that feeds you. Wouldn't you be upset if your country, your government, your people helped out another nation, and then the people of that nation said, "Those New Zealanders are the most awful people on the face of this earth! We hate them all! Australia is a much better country!" Then when there was more trouble, they would come crawling back to NZ wouldn't they? Without trying to reconsider their feelings toward the country and its citizens? I've had so many people insult my country and complain about it that I'm quite sick of hearing it (and yes, I did have those feelings before September 11th).

The innocent Afghanis do have my sympathies. If their was any way at all to get bin Laden without having to bomb the whole country I would be totally for it. Unfortunately that is not the case. We tried that and it failed. I really believe there is no other way.

God bless America, my home sweet home.

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I haven't read all the articles posted here and I'm not going to have time to unfortunately -- but -- I do understand the sentiment behind the 'don't bite the hand that feeds you' attitude.  I appreciate the fact that American's see ourselves as well intentioned and fundamentally good -- however -- there comes a point in time when the 'fed' resent having to be 'fed'.

If one is raised in a culture that claims the hand that is feeding us is also the hand that is raping us and just giving us back what was already ours or should have been ours to begin with -- it becomes easier to see the other point of view.

Americans are hurt and offended that we aren't universally loved throughout the world for our benevolence... it doesn't bother me though -- and I'm not particularly tired of it -- here's why...

A student once asked Confucious "Master -- what does it mean that everyone likes a man?"  To which Confucious replied -- "That does not say enough.  It says enough that the good people like him, and the bad ones do not."

Who is to judge who is good or bad? Americans are generally good.  There are evil Americans.  Islam is generally good, there are evil Arabs.  

Inevitably someone will interpret our actions in a bad light -- or even the worst possible light -- even good people will do that -- we can't even understand each other and we all speak the same language and come from ostensibly the same culture given the few regional variations -- and I'd even venture to say to Severn that our culture is not that different from the Kiwi state...

This all points to the fact that we need to be doing a better job of understanding and waging the propaganda war.  I assume Ari Fliescher will be replaced soon.

Denise:

I understand the litany you've proposed as one side of the argument -- and it is extremely one sided.  How far back do you go?  Ok.. the land belongs to the Caananites (sp?) because the Jews were nomads before Moses took them to the promised land and drove them out-- it goes on and on and on and on...so what?

Isreal is denied a seat on the security council because it continues to act in violation of UN resolutions.

Just because the PLO has waged war against Isreal doesn't mean the Palestinians haven't suffered the unjustified taking of their land or discrimination.  Just because Isreal wants to defend itself against hostile neighbors doesn't mean they want to take over the Middle East.

You are correct in your analysis that Bin Laden is trying to co-op the PLFP -- but he won't if Arafat has anyting to say about it -- Sure the PLO has commited some 5000 acts of 'terrorism' in it's war with Isreal -- but -- they consider themselves freedom fighters -- and they're really only fighting for what the UN has said is theirs -- The curent administration --finally-- supports a Palestinian state -- Arafat would be foolish at this point to throw any support toward Bin Laden and I doubt he would...

Bin Laden's words were meant to whip up the people in the street to usurp the authority of Arab leaders throughout the region -- he wants to run it all -- he's a megalomaniac.
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Brad, the link for the Arab View is the same as the Timeline of Israel link.

Also, the emphasis in the points I posted were highlighted by me, and only because they particularly struck me as important. But I'm not getting why you pointed that out. Would you please elaborate on that point? Thanks.

I totally agree with you, Elizabeth. If there were another way, the U.S. would certainly be persuing that path. We take no pleasure in war or the suffering of innocent people. Sometimes there just is no other way.
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L.R., I don't see it as any more one sided than the other things I have read, at all. And that's my entire point. It's always necessary to get both sides of an issue, something that I feel is totally lacking in recent press. I couldn't agree more with you about bin Laden.
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Sorry about that. The wierdest thing is that I thought I fixed that.
http://www.jerusalemites.org/feedback.html

Brad

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And now the above link is working again. Amazing what happens when you actually start reading and realize your own mistakes.    

Here's the whole site:
http://www.jerusalemites.org/quds.html

Brad

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Denise,

I think the different emphasis is important. The Israeli emphasis on nationhood is to legitimize themselves in the face of the world. Focusing on people takes away from their primary goal: We are a sovereign state and will defend ourselves.

This makes sense.

The Palestinian side argues from a more anecdotal perspective (my house, my family's house was taken away from me). This legitimizes the NEED for a state. Focusing on countries (Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Iraq) would make it seem like they should be a part of one of these countries.  

This makes sense.

Both avenues allow them to emphasize what they want and at the same time villify the other.

I should thank you, I found some time to do a little research on the Israil/Palestine issue and found it fascinating reading.

The quotes on both sides reinforce the prejudices of the other.

It, of course, does nothing more than reinforce by own perspective -- that we're not going to get anywhere as long as we assert our own justification in general and moral terms rather than trying to solve specific problems.

Why does everyone want to play God?

Brad


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A lack of peace in the Middle East certainly isn't for a lack of trying. How many concessions have been made down through the years by Isreal to the Palestinians, and yet the peace talks break down and the terrorist activities continue, i.e., bombing of public buses, cars, restuarants, shops, parks, etc. (attacks on innocent civilians..hmmm..seems to be the modus operandi among Arab militants and fanatics)(?) Yet when Israel takes action against these acts and their perpetrators (which is incumbant on any country to do, I believe) some decry them as the trouble makers in the situation. Maybe our press here in the States is biased but I don't recall having read any reports of Israel instigating terrorist attacks against civilian Palestinians, but only engaging in responses to the attacks against those found to be responsible. Perhaps I've missed articles on those reports in the newspapers, as well, as I don't read the papers everyday.

Israel speaks from the position of being a sovereign state because they are a sovereign state. Palestinians don't because they aren't. I'm not saying that they shouldn't be, but they aren't yet, that's all, and I'm sure if the world press interviewed the Israeli people, one on one, as they have done with the Arabs from different nations, we would also hear stories of personal suffering, loss and a sense of injustice having been done. And what does it say about the PLO still calling for the destruction of the State of Israel? Why isn't the U.N. doing something about that? One disturbing thing I read from the Arab View link that you gave, Brad, was that Islam is against the killing of women and small children, in most instances. Most instances.? What's that about? And what about innocent men? And what about not-so-small children? Honestly, reading through that site gave me chills, on more than one occassion.

It's true, none of us should be playing God, that's for sure. In these treacherous times, though, I would certainly encourage all who believe in God to be on their knees in prayer before Him for strength, courage and discernment as we try to continue on with our lives.

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Oh, Kamla, I forgot to mention, just in case news from Philadelphia hasn't had press coverage in New Zealand...a suitcase of military grade C-4 plastic explosives was found in a locker at the Greyhound bus terminal (nine blocks from where I work)...the same terminal that you arrived at on your trip here. Pretty scarey stuff. The police and FBI think that it was placed there to be picked up by someone who is charged with picking up these materials to be used in conjunction with other explosive materials picked up from other sites around the region, as no detonation device was with it, which is necessary. Let's hope that all such items that might possibly be stored elsewhere are found in time.

p.s. Can I come live with you for awhile?
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your last post, Denise, about the plastic explosives just scared the hell out of me

thank you for the info

today was a day i decided to take a break from the news...

i guess i better turn it on... *sigh*

hey, Kamla, can i come too? even if you said yes, i don't know how i'd get there unless i grew wings or something... can't swim that far

lol!!!!!

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nah... i'm not gonna turn it on...

going out dancing instead

sorry to go off topic, Brad....

wanna dance?


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Here's the link Doreen, from today's paper. It happened on Friday. The theory that it may have been there waiting for pickup in conjunction with other pickups of other explosives was on the evening news here Friday night, though I don't see that theory specifically mentioned in the article in today's paper. I'm taking a break from the news today, too. It is getting a bit overwhelming. Dancing sure sounds like a fantastic idea, but for lack of a willing dance partner (namely my couch potato husband...lol) I think I'll take a nap!
http://inq.philly.com/content/inquirer/2001/10/21/local_news/PBUS21.htm


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Denise,
It's enough that we understand the perceived grievances of Arabs in order to deal with the situation more effectively.

You see a bias in the news coverage but that bias, if it's there, is the same as mine --to try and understand the situation.  Others have pointed out how they're sick and tired of America bashing but I actually see very little of it. If you're sensitive to it, however, it'll stand out more.

If you're looking for evil intent, you'll find evil intent.

If you're looking for victims, you'll find victims.

All around the veil of "See, I told you so. It's true."

I was just as 'chilled' by your statement, "Sometimes, it's the only way."

But don't you see the equivalence in "in most instances"?

What's the difference?

And it doesn't mean anything unless you mean, "This time, it's the only way."

That's a question I can't answer but, I assume, you would argue that the killing of Afghan civilians is necessary?

I don't know, I don't know if this is the only way. It may turn out that the attacks on Afghanistan do everything we want (capture bin Laden, topple the Taliban, install a stable government that begins the hard work of rebuilding that country).

But if it doesn't do that?

What do we do?

Capturing bin Laden is the first goal, I agree; crippling the terrorist network is the overall goal, I agree.

But shouldn't we start thinking about other possible options in order to achieve these goals?

Just in case it's not the only way.

Brad

PS By the way, the timeline is for Jerusalem, not Israel. If you want to keep talking about Israel/Palestine problem, I'm cool with that (I've been taking a crash internet course on the situation). But, to be honest, it seems if you want to blame anyone -- the root cause if you will -- why not place it on the British and their silly ideas about self-determination?

They set up the partition process as the only solution to guarantee peace.

They were wrong.


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Denise - that's  awful...I feel so affected, simply from having travelling to the states - I think many do. And I feel almost guilty - truly - when I say that I turn on CNN in the mornings here and say THANK YOU GOD that I am where I am. We are not immume by any means...hell, our intelligent prime minister is SELLING OFF our defence unit of the air force. In the current global climate we are left with no defence...~throwning up hands~

Elizabeth - I appreciate what you have to say, really I do..one thing though...I think it's important to stick to this time, this context - this incident. Hence, the people of Afghanistan are recieving food and bombs at the same time...(remembering the bombs aren't apparently 'aimed' at them but the Taliban - yet, the people are still affected). How must it be for many of them to negotiate the dualities. Also - consider their hunger...how many of them even care why food is being given, or who its from? How many of them even understand why bombs are falling? The Taliban makes it hard for outside information to find its why into the lives of ordinary Afghans...most of them will likely get information from in Pakistan - those who make it there...so there you are, displaced...hungry..uncertain of your future...watching your home and life fall even further apart - and America drops food and bombs.

I think their confusion is inevitable and justifiable. I even think their anger is. After all - how many of those people were against, let alone even cared about, America before this all happened?

Well anyway you're all welcome to come whenever you want...you can all sleep in the floor of my flat as long as you can put up with two cats...but I have ample pillows you know - you'll all be very comfy...

sigh - you know what though? There's been anthrax scares here - all false alarms, but yes - it all stretches this far across the world..

doreen hon - just follow the south bound currents ~wink~

K

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23 posted 10-22-2001 01:00 PM       View Profile for Interloper   Email Interloper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Interloper

Severn, you said "Seriously...and wouldn't you also complain if your country was bombed because it's leaders were harbouring terrorists?"

I hope you don't think we are indiscriminately bombing the civilian population in Afghanistan ... In fact I know you do not.  However, that is the impression that certain people wold like the world to receive and believe.  Our precision bombing is going to kill very few civilians.  Will there be mistakes? Yes.  But we try not to harm the civilian population which is more than can be said of other countries in a similar situation.

Gee, our country was bombed for nothing more than being a friend to Israel and being very accessible.  We also lost a few civilians in that bombing and they were the object of the bombing, not "collateral damage."

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24 posted 10-22-2001 04:39 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Yes but the point is that civilians do get bombed don't they? And it is more than this...these people have to run for their lives from a war that isn't their own...we have to see the wider picture here...it's not just about civilians being bombed - that's too simplistic...

K
 
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