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page 1 2           Some 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 weapons.

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 trial.

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" petition.

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 daily lives.

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.

 

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