13 Sep 2001
Richard N Hutchinson rhutchin@U.Arizona.EDU
To: world system network <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Some on this list are apparently not interested in morality or praxis. Presumably they have already deleted this message.
For the rest of us, the time is now to organize the anti-war movement.
It is a matter of days before the U.S. and NATO launch a war, yes complete with ground troops, on Afghanistan, which has been harboring Osama bin Laden. This is in today's Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk).
Some say Iraq will be attacked as well, but that the U.S. intends to overthrow the Taliban and occupy Kabul seems clear. They will systematically attack all suspected training camps in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, apparently with the cooperation of the Pakistani military regime.
HOW MANY MORE INNOCENTS WILL DIE?
The time is now to organize coalitions, rallies and marches, and teach-ins everywhere.
As the pirate said when captured by Alexander the Great, and was asked how he dared molest the sea, "Because I do it with a little ship only I am called a thief [substitute terrorist]: you, doing it with a great navy, are called an emperor."
The U.S. has systematically starved the people and children of Iraq, and more recently Afghanistan, with economic sanctions. Now this largely unknown form of terror will be replaced with the most visible form of mass violence.
THE PEOPLE OF AFGHANISTAN ARE NOT "COLLATERAL DAMAGE," THEY ARE OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS!
NO U.S. WAR ON THE PEOPLE OF THE MIDDLE EAST!