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WTC VICTIMS DEMAND NO CIVILIAN CASUALTIES IN WAR

Next-of-kin of World Trade Center Victims Call for Avoiding Civilian Casualties in U.S. Response

October 1, 2001

A poster on an Internet bulletin board was calling for blood, saying the U.S. shouldn't be concerned at all about avoiding Afghan civilian casualties in its response to the September 11 attacks.

A reader wrote back to the poster, suggesting that a willingness to kill civilians could put the U.S. in the same league as Osama bin Laden.

The poster replied that he didn't care, they killed our civilians first.  But, the poster added, if the reader could bring to his attention any family members of those killed in the World Trade Center who were also expressing concern about avoiding Afghan civilian deaths, then perhaps the poster would reconsider his position.

I knew I had read of such sentiments among the next-of-kin, but had forgotten where.  In the next day or two, I came across two additional such expressions of "Let's avoid killing more innocent people" from those directly touched by the September 11 tragedy.  It's now too late to respond to the poster directly, but maybe somehow he will wind up reading this.

In a Letter to the Editor in The New York Times, one bereaved parent wrote in part:

My son Donald, a pilot, was a passenger on board the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93. He died a hero, fighting the terrorists to regain  control of the airplane.

Naturally, I wish to see those responsible for the terrible events of Sept. 11 brought to justice. But an assault on Afghanistan would cause civilian casualties and inflame foreign sentiment against us.

The second example comes from another bereaved set of parents:

The father of a man presumed killed in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center raised his voice Sunday against the strident support for US military retaliation

"As a nation, we must not use the same means as the people who attacked us. We're better than that," Orlando Rodriguez said, as he and wife Phyllys mourned the loss of their 31-year-old son, Gregory, who perished in Tower One of the World Trade Center.

Explaining further, Mr. Rodriguez stated:

"Look at my son, who died only because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And I believe that, if there's a war, thousands of other sons in other lands are going to die, for being in a wrong place at a wrong time."

"Revenge is a powerful emotion. It initially seems like a reasonable reaction. But indiscriminate reprisals aren't going to help," he said, adding that he didn't want to see his son used "to justify the murder of others."

Very powerful.

Hopefully such sentiments coming from those with a unique right to offer them, will reduce the bloodlust of not only the poster referred to above, but any others still harboring similar feelings.

We should bring bin Laden to justice in a way that avoids the deaths of innocent Afghan men, women and children.  In that way we will best honor the memory of those who died on September 11.

UPDATE : Here's a link to another expression of such sentiments which I just saw mentioned on a bulletin board.

UPDATE DEC. 5: Here's a link to a site with a large collection of such expressions by relatives of 9/11 victims.

[Anyone having other examples of such expressions by next-of-kin, please send them to me]

This was a selection from The Daily Diatribe

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