Letter: Marchers against War
Grossman, Stanley, The Independent (London, England)
Sir: On Sunday night I saw Kandahar, a film shot before 11 September that depicts the virtual enslavement of women in Afghanistan under the Taliban. Then, on the way home, I walked around mounds of garbage in Trafalgar Square left by between 15,000 and 50,000 (depending on who did the counting) "peace" activists. The garbage was an apt metaphor for their speeches.
The peace folk decried the continuing US-led bombing and claimed that it was an act of terror in response to terror, would only lead to more terrorism and was an act of war against Islam. Let us take a look at the results of that bombing. Airfields and roads have been cleared to bring aid to the up to 6 million Afghans (Muslims all) facing starvation under the Taliban. Over 12 million Afghan women (Muslims all) are free to work and study. Yes, dozens, perhaps hundreds of innocent Afghans died in the bombings. But never has bombing been carried out with a greater attempt to avoid the killing of civilians.
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