Thoughts on 9-11-2001 p.3
We bombed Libya in 1986
in an attempt to assassinate Gadaffi under the mistaken assumption
that he was responsible for the airport bombings in Rome and Vienna---
at a time when Italy and Austria acknowledged that the perpetrators
were Palestinians trained in Syria.
We destroyed the only
pharmaceutical plant in Sudan under the mistaken assumption that
it was a factory owned by bin Laden that was manufacturing chemical
And so on. Each of these
attacks spawned new reprisals and an escalation of the violence
done to us.
. Our foreign policy
needs a complete overhaul. The application of the Golden Rule----
treat other people and other nations as we wish they would treat
us---- would help.
8. "America's New
War" is CNN's current news title. I am opposed to characterizing
whatever actions the US takes against terrorists as a "war".
War is the armed conflict between two nations or sets of
nations. What happened on 9-11 was a crime. Criminals need
to be identified with evidence linking them to the crime, arrested
or apprehended, and then tried in a court of law. If found guilty,
imprisoned. (I'm also opposed to the phrase, " the war on drugs"
which has been used as a cover to take military action against groups
and governments that this government does not favor.)
9. So what can we do?
We are still a democracy, thank goodness.
We can write and telephone
our representatives demanding no "war", and no actions
against individuals until there is good evidence, and then a fair
We can go to peace vigils.
(Numbers count! Remember that the increasing numbers of people at
demonstrations helped end the Vietnam War.)
We can attempt to keep
abreast of news developments. In addition to the internet sources
listed in my "Some Corporate-Independent
Sources of Information" there is a Quaker site that I'd
like to recommend-- www.fcnl.org
---- There you can sign on to their "war is not the answer"
We can continue to appreciate
and applaud the heroism shown by so many in this catastrophe and
resolve to cherish and respect one another more than ever in our
P.S. A story just in
from the UK's Guardian says that bin Laden and the Taliban received
word from Pakistan over two months ago that the US was planning
military strikes against Afghanistan if bin Laden was not delivered.
(This information came from a "track two" meeting in Berlin
attended by "senior Americans, Russians, Iranians and Pakistanis."
So could 9-11 have been pre-emptive strikes ?
And lastly, any connection
with the Caspian Sea oil?
Marshall Smith thinks
so. See www.brojon.com/frontpage/bj091701.html
More later on Caspian Sea oil.