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Oct. 9th, 2001 | 01:00 am

I've been pondering that question, I've been following around some of the anti-war protestors and talking to some of my other friends who are more supportive of military action...

What I currently understand is that purely military action will not make the US safer. There is quite a bit of anger and resentment in the Arab world toward the US. The causes ranging from supporting Israel, to supporting other autocratic regimes that promise us oil, to the thousands of civilian causalities in Iraq from the US embargo that has cut the supplies of food.

Merely bombing Afghanistan just reinforces the opinion that the US is a nothing but a large bully pushing around the weak.

I think we're missing a dialog on how the "American Way of Life(tm)" is at fault for exploiting workers in other countries, for a flood of environmental catastrophes, for keeping a massive burden of debt on a number of countries that prevents any real internal development, and for supporting nearly any regime that promises us what we want.

I'm really not sure if there's a better way to rid the world of the taliban and bin laden then sending in military forces. But I do know that we want safety, there's plenty of other things that need to be done.

So what do others think? The core question is are there alternatives, and if so what? As much as I wish there were UN police officers who could just go into Afghanistan and arrest bin laden (and perhaps later the CEO of Nike), that doesn't seem to be practical.

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from: artemii
date: Oct. 9th, 2001 03:56 pm (UTC)

i think what this war is really doing is punishing the already incredibly punished people of afghanistan; i don't see how it's going to affect the taliban much at all...

too tired and rushed to get into alternatives right now.

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from: solri
date: Oct. 28th, 2001 05:53 am (UTC)

The US is paying the price for a situation it helped to create. Contrary to popular wisdom, the Afghan Mujahedin first received US support not after the Soviet invasion, but before it - the idea was to provoke the Russians into creating their very own Vietnam experience. In the chaos that followed the expulsion of the Russians, the US supported the Taliban against other Mujahedin factions. Now it's bombing the Taliban (and the Red Cross!) and supporting the Northern Alliance, an ugly collection of fundamentalists who played their cards wrong and tribal leaders for whom looting and rape are not war crimes but some of the main reasons for going to war in the first place.

The best thing the US can do to stop terrorism is to stop supporting it.

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