To the editor:
Since the nation's tragedy on Sept. 11, George W. Bush has handled every situation that has confronted him with grace and dignity. This includes the decision to send troops to Afghanistan. Our nation was attacked without warning and without negotiation. The only proper response that the United States could give was military action.
I cannot stand to watch the news and see demonstrations by Americans protesting the military strikes against the Taliban regime. These people seem to believe that the problem of global terrorism can be solved with verbal negotiations. They believe that we can invite Osama bin Laden to some type of meeting, or summit, and work out some deal that will persuade him and his followers to cease any type of terrorist activity.
The only way to stop this enemy, is with long, sustained military action. Why should the United States negotiate with the leaders of the Taliban and al-Qaida networks, when they made no attempt to negotiate with us while they were planning their strike against our people? From the moment after the Sept. 11 attacks, the leaders of both these regimes have continued to lie and contradict their own statements. How can you believe a government that is, for the most part, not even a real, elected government to represent their people?
I absolutely believe that our military should do everything possible to avoid civilian casualties. It has been confirmed that a handful of civilians in Afghanistan have been killed because of the U.S. attacks. However, a handful of Afghan civilians is nothing compared to 6,000 U.S. civilians. The anti-war demonstrators have the right to think and believe whatever they want. Our freedom to believe what we want, and practice what we believe in, is part of what makes the United States the greatest nation in the world. I feel, however, that those Americans who oppose our military action, are in some way turning their backs on the victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy.
The terrorists must be stopped, and military force seems to be the only way to efficiently get rid of them. This terrorist network has struck the United States in the past over seas, and we did nothing. Now is not the time for talk. It's time for military action.