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Created: February 1, 2002
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A Just War?

Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and Individaul Authors, January 2002.
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On Friday, February 1, 2002, Patricia Acone wrote:

Subject: "Overcoming Adversarialism"

In the South Bay radical weekly Random Lengths there is a story by Howard Zinn, Professor of American History and noted author. The article originally appeared in The Progressive. Zinn bemoans the fact that even some radical normally far left thinkers are calling the current war a "just war." Pray tell, what is a just war? Zinn contiinues by asking how could a war, which continues to kill civilians, be called a "just war"? He further continues his questioning by suggesting that the tragedy that began on 9/11 has so "thoroughly traumitized people who would ordinarily be sensible people that they are willing to give up their rights in order for justice to return".

Is it not foolhardy to imagine that by bombing innocent people that we will have killed those responsible for the 9/11 disaster? I think so, that it's foolhardy, that is. I think that we are punishing people, innocent people ,simply becasue they look like and share some of the cultural values that the perpetrators of the 9/11 bombings displayed. And furthermore, I believe that the issue is far too complex to put the blame solely on the perpetrators. I believe that the U. S needs to share that blame, based on what we have done to Others. You hit me, I hit you, you retaliate and hit me back, sounds like a good way to end the world. Where does it stop?