This is an email I recieved from a friend
I heard this on the radio (94.5fm) the other morning and downloaded it from their website. It is another persepctive. I look forward to your response to the letter . . . .
This is an amazing point of view on the growing military crisis facing America.
A military response, particularly an attack on Afghanistan, is exactly what the terrorists want. It will strengthen and swell their small but fanatical ranks.
Instead, bomb Afghanistan with butter, rice, bread, clothing and medicine.
It will cost less than conventional arms, poses no threat of allied casualties and just might get the Afghan populace thinking that the Taliban leaders don't have the answers. After years of drought and with starvation looming, let's offer the Afghani people the vision of a new future. One that includes full stomachs.
Barrage them with information; Video players and cassettes of world leaders, particularly Islamic leaders, condemning terrorism. Carpet the country with magazines and newspapers showing the horror of the acts committed by their "guest".
Blitz them with laptop computers and DVD players filled with a perspective that is denied them by their government.
Saturation bombing with hope will mean that some of it gets through. Send so much that the Taliban can't collect and hide it all.
The Taliban are telling their people to prepare for Jihad. In response, let's give the Afghani people their first good meal in years. Seeing your family fully fed and the prospect of a stable future is a powerful deterrent to martyrdom. All we ask in return is that they, as a people, agree to enter the civilised world. That includes allowing international law to run its course.
In responding to terrorism we need to do something different.. something totally unexpected... something that addresses the root of the problem instead of exacerbating it. We need to be wiser and more clever than the terrorists. We need to take away the well of despair, ignorance and brutality from which the Osama bin Laden's of the world water their gardens of terror. We have the technology....
do we have the compassion?