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Stop this war now

Issue No. 1768

GEORGE W Bush has gathered together all the weapons of modern war to attack one of the poorest nations on earth. We say stop the war now because:

Innocent people will die

THE US and British governments talk of 'surgical strikes'. The reality is that their bombing will kill ordinary people, and destroy homes, schools and hospitals. Killing people in Afghanistan will add to the agony caused by the World Trade Centre attacks. It will make worse the famine, early death and poverty that already blight Afghanistan.

The country has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. One in four Afghan children die before the age of five. Life expectancy in Afghanistan is 47 years. In Britain it is 77. Bush's war will heap misery on the poor. It will mean more bitter and desperate people, and more terrorism.

US intervention will solve nothing

IN THE Gulf the US-led coalition killed over 100,000 people, but the intervention did not bring democracy or prosperity. Afghanistan has been devastated by two decades of intervention-by Russia, the US, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Now all those countries are coming together to inflict even more horror.

An alliance of the most powerful and violent military machines in the world will never bring peace. The only people cheering will be the politicians, the military, the arms manufacturers and the multinationals. They want the US to direct everything across the globe.

Bombing will spread the conflict

LAUNCHING AIR strikes and troops into Afghanistan threatens a wider conflict which could involve hundreds of millions directly, and all of us in the longer term. The war will cost billions that could be spent on saving lives. The US has already put aside £25 billion for its attacks.

That is 30 times more than the leaders of the G8 pledged at the Genoa summit to combat AIDS in Africa. This kills the same number as died in the World Trade Centre every day.

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Sat 29 Sep 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1768
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