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9/29/2001 10:14 AM
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Bomb Them With Butter

A military response, particularly an attack on Afghanistan, is exactly what the terrorists want. It will strenghen and swell their small but fanatical ranks. Instead, bomb Afghanistan with butter, with rice, bread, clothing and medicine. It will cost less than conventional arms, poses no threat of U.S. casualties, and just might get the populace thinking that maybe the Taliban doesn't have all the answers. After three years of drought and with starvation looming, let's offer the Afghani people a vision of a new future--one that includes full stomachs.

Bomb them with information. Video players and cassettes of world leaders, particularly Islamic leaders, condemning terrorism. Carpet the country with magazines and newspapers showing the horrors of terrorism committed by their "guest." Blitz them with laptop computers and DVD players filled with a perspective that is denied them by their government. Saturation bombing will mean that some of it gets through. Send so much that the Taliban can't collect and hide it all.

The Taliban are telling their people to prepare for Jihad. Instead, let's give the Afghani people their first good meal in years. Seeing your family fully fed and the prospect of stability in terms of food and a future is a powerful deterrent to martyrdom. All we ask in return is that they, as a people, agree to enter the civilized world. And that includes handing over the terrorists in their midst.

In responding to terrorism we need to so something different, something unexpected, something that addresses the root of the problem. We need to take away the well of despair, ignorance and brutality from which the Osama Bin Ladens of the world water their gardens of terror.

9/29/2001 3:56 PM
2 out of 80

Sounds good. Especially like the idea of sending cassette players (batteries included) and music, especially instrumental so the claim that the words are either salacious or proselyting cannot be made. The Taliban's edict against music is ridiculous@

9/30/2001 12:35 AM
3 out of 80

The United States already provides $132,000,000 a year in direct aid to Afghanistan. This includes medicine, food, and building materials. Unfortunately, just as in Iraq, the government, in this case the Taliban, has appropriated the things intended for the people, and taken them for their own use. It sounds strange, perhaps, but to help the Afghan people, we must remove the Taliban from their power. Remember, the Taliban were not elected, nor invited, by the Afghan people. For them to be running things in Afghanistan, is rather like the Klan running your town's city council, and there's not much you can do by yourself. To make change, you need help, and that's what the US is planning to do: remove the Taliban, with as little harm to the people of Afghanistan as is humanly possible. This is also a fundamental difference between the present conflict, and the Britain-Afghan war in the late 19th Century, or the Soviet war from 1979 to 1995; if the US can properly show that they mean for the Afghan people to choose their own government in free elections, then this can be good for everyone. Certainly, the alternative, to allow a regime that can only be called hostile and vicious to other nations and faiths (ask Pakistan about the threats the Taliban made in May-July, accusing the Pakistanis of being 'infidel' muslims), is foolish, short-sighted, and a recipe for disaster and further terrorist attacks.

In the same way that killing a cancer is a long, difficult battle for the doctor, the patient, and his family, this war will be difficult and long for everyone involved, but the choice is clear: the humane thing to do is to excise the cancer, while putting the patient, in this case the people of the United States, Afghanistan, the Middle East and South Asian regions, in focus and attention at all times.

May the merciful Lord lead us in this endeavor, every step of the way. Like the eradication of fascism in 1935-45, the eradication of terrorism is not optional.

God help us, please.

9/30/2001 8:43 PM
4 out of 80

SSOD,I think you are correct.I wonder if God has engineered this whole scenario?

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