Reactions to the attack on America
The brainwashing of children from the age of 5 in the fundamentalist Muslim religious schools has to stop. They are no more than cults.
Just what did these religious fanatics think was going to happen after the attacks? Did they think that the United States would shake with fear?
I'm curious to know what Afghanis think of the fact that someone out there is dropping both food and bombs on them at the same time. Any rational human being has to wonder what kind of lunacy that is.
Terrorist attacks will get worse and continue until the United States gets out of Saudi Arabia and prompts Israel to create their security according to the UN Charter.
I hope U.S. President George W. Bush will complete the job, and not leave another tyrant in power in Afghanistan to attack the world later.
We need an extraordinary leader to get us out of this disaster, which developed from the abuse of U.S. power on the world in the past five decades.
Martina Schmid, Switzerland
The bombing of so-called military targets in Afghanistan apparently includes fuel dumps; while these probably do contain military fuel, they most likely also contain the heating fuel needed by the civilian population in the coming winter. If they have destroyed the aircraft, vehicles and tanks that use the military fuel, the attack on fuel dumps clearly targets civilians.
The Taliban invited a number of international journalists to visit Afghanistan to report first-hand on events as they unfold. Shouldn't we invite the Taliban to visit the World Trade Center to return home with their stories?
The Taliban must be bombed. But the losers are the citizens.
R. Bruce Douglas
The Taliban leaders carry great shame to themselves and their beliefs.
I am concerned that the bombing effort will fail in its objective of eliminating terrorism. Frankly, I don't think it can be achieved.
I am just disgusted that the Taliban think they have even a remote right to complain.
Does the word "conscription" mean anything to anyone? If this war escalates any further, it certainly will.
The bombing is absolutely imperative. Once the Taliban are out of the way, we should support a democratic Islamic government in Afghanistan. But don't let up on the extremists.
I think it is about time that all these religious fanatics are taught a lesson. To think that 90 per cent of the Afghan people don't support Osama bin Laden and the Taliban is ridiculous.
Can you tell me why all that food stored in the warehouse in Kabul by the Red Cross is not in the hands of all those starving people?
The bombing of Afghanistan sounds like terrorism to me, with more than a bit of overreaction as well as overkill.
The system of democracy seems to be failing; that of fair play, a shambles. But just how does one combat such fanaticism?
"There are no innocent people," wrote Malcolm Prince (letter - Oct. 18), "when a country chooses to harbour and help terrorists." If we bomb all who breed terrorism, Canada would be bombed. So would the United States, England and Ireland. Terrorism exists in all countries, with many faces and religious beliefs.
The lessons of the Second World War show that you cannot appease or tolerate acts of aggression. The failure to act only emboldens the aggressor.
It is unfortunate that we must fight back against terrorism. It hurts the innocent, but what other option do we have? These are people who loathe everything about us. To try to reason with them would be useless. Not to retaliate would make us more vulnerable.
Lina Iodice, Montreal
I'm afraid we need the United States to come into Canada to clean up the terrorist cells and sympathizers here.
Why not try Osama bin Laden in a neutral country? U.S. President George W. Bush could have O.J. Simpson's lawyer pose his case for him.