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Voices raised against war

Issue No. 1767

'THE US government are preparing to embark on what they are saying will be a massive, protracted military campaign. We must do everything possible to stop this bloody US military retaliation.'
STUDENTS, University of Michigan in the US

'WE ALREADY hear, in the voices of those in power, calls for war and vengeance. War and vengeance without a precise target, but striking out blindly against civilians, is nothing more than self serving egoism, and it is exactly what has just happened in New York and Washington.'
DAISY PITKKIN and ZAKIYYAH JACKSON, Campaign for Labour Rights in the US

'WILL WE ever get to the point that we realise we will be more secure when the rest of the world isn't living in poverty so we can have nice running shoes? In just eight months, Bush gets the whole world back to hating us again. He withdraws from the Kyoto agreement, walks us out of the Durban conference on racism, insists on restarting the arms race-you name it, and Baby Bush has blown it all. Let's mourn, let's grieve, and when it's appropriate let's examine our contribution to the unsafe world we live in.'

MICHAEL MOORE, US film-maker

'WE SHOULD mourn the people who died who were mostly minorities and working class. But we should not fall for the US government scapegoating, taking money away from schools and social services, and giving it to kill poor people in foreign countries.'

BLACK AND LATINO SPEAKERS at a 300-strong rally in Oakland, California

'THE governments of Britain and America are using the disaster in New York to reinforce the very policies which have helped to cause the problem-building up the power of the defence industry, preparing to launch campaigns of the kind which inevitably kill civilians. But we must not be cowed. Dissent is most necessary just when it is hardest to voice.'
GEORGE MONBIOT, campaigner and journalist

'NEITHER I nor my co-workers are vengeful. Rather, we are afraid of what the bullies in the White House will do next. We do not want other people in Afghanistan, Palestine or elsewhere to suffer what we did. Some of us wish the US and its allies would consider WHY others would hate us this much. And really think about it.'

US WORKER at the World Trade Centre

'WE CAN only hope that some good comes out of it, but that does not include doubling or trebling the suffering.'

REVEREND DAVID PROTHERO, whose daughter Sarah Redheffer is missing after the plane crashes

'IN THE midst of this tragedy we are urging our fellow citizens and our national leaders to remember that vengeance offers no relief, and that to meet violence with violence breeds more rage and more senseless deaths.'
GLOBAL EXCHANGE, US anti-capitalist group

'THE likely US actions will trigger possibly more attacks like this one, or worse. The prospects ahead are even more ominous than they appeared to be before the latest atrocities. We have a choice-we may try to understand, or refuse to do so, contributing to the likelihood that much worse lies ahead.'
NOAM CHOMSKY, writer and prominent critic of US policy

'WE SHOULD take our example not from our military and political leaders shouting 'retaliate' and 'war' but from the doctors and nurses and medical students and firemen and policemen who have been saving lives in the midst of mayhem, whose first thoughts are not violence but healing.'
HOWARD ZINN, US historian


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Sat 22 Sep 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1767
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