Reactions to the attack on America
Politically speaking, I believe the United States is putting pressure on the Taliban because it wants to root out all terrorists in the region. This is a superb tactic that can probably clean the Middle East region of such pests as well.
If Pakistan revolts against the present government in favour of a pro-Afghan- anti-U.S. government, there will be more than 150 nuclear warheads in the hands of fundamentalist Muslims determined to maintain their sovereignty and religion. That doesn't look very good for North America, does it?
The All Parties Shia Conference (APSC) deeply mourns the enormous and unprecedented loss of innocent lives in the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. We share the grief of the American people in this grave national tragedy. We strongly condemn this most brutal and horrible act of terror and violence. The world must unite to fight against terrorism in all its forms and root out this evil. At this moment of shock and tragedy, I convey to you, to the bereaved families and the American peoples our most profound sympathy and condolences.
Rai Muzammal Hussain,
Organiser, All Parties Shia Conference
The United States must be prudent in its plans. The Taliban of Afghanistan and terrorist Osama bin Laden are not Afghans. They are a cult of ignorant psychotics who took over Afghanistan in 1997. Mr. bin Laden wants to flirt with war between Islam and the rest of the world. That is his plan. If he can polarize the world into Islam and the West, then he has a billion soldiers. If the West wreaks a holocaust on Islamic lands, that's a billion people with nothing to loose.
The Taliban of Afghanistan is a bunch of cruel and mindless barbarians. They killed thousands of their own countrymen, more than 5,000 Shia Muslims, in one city. If the United States does not punish them, they will stage more attacks.
Syed Jaffar Abbas
The Taliban say Osama bin Laden is not guilty. Mr. bin Laden also denies responsibility. If that is the case, then why doesn't he turn himself over to the World Court for trial and spare the remaining Afghans the terror of another war?
I think that it is terribly irresponsible of The Globe and Mail to publish a confidential internal memo to Canada Customs staff. You have disregarded the safety of Canadians and made the job of our frontline customs officers much more difficult. Do you honestly believe that any potential terrorist will now admit that he is a pilot or has come from one of the target countries?
I hope the Americans will not kill innocent people in their search for terrorists. I'm behind all countries who will fight to eliminate terrorism, and I hope they make it a priority so all citizens will feel secure.
Terrorists will not hesitate to strike again. We are now concentrating our efforts mainly on airline safety. Next time the terrorists may target the subway. We need to be vigilant.
I think it's totally unnecessary to provoke Afghanistan and Osama bin Laden without hard evidence. War leads only to more suffering. Thousands of innocent people have died in the attack, and killing another few thousand won't make up for the victims.
While U.S. anger toward terrorism is understandable, bombing Afghanistan blindly would represent a terrorist attack itself.
Ferry C. Sudirga
It is bizarre to see so many people here with incorrect information about history. Just because the entire Arab and Middle East World is always in chaos, it does not mean the West is to blame for it.
Yes, let us protect our species from terrorism in all its forms, but let us consider in some rational manner how we may do that. I think we humans need to start thinking less about making war and killing people and start thinking more about how our species is going to survive on a peaceful planet, called Earth. Start praying for God's help, the mercy of Allah and Jesus' love to sweep over us in a refreshing embrace, to stop our descent into hell on Earth.
Richard Moore, Austin, Texas