was a strange decision to declare war on an entire country, when the objective
was to bring to justice the terrorists responsible for the attack on the twin
towers. Especially when the ruling
Taliban had offered to give up the terrorists hiding in Afghanistan’s mountains for trial in
an international court. The knee-jerk
military response has proved a disaster.
The war is now seven years old, and has been bloody, costly and
unsuccessful, and there is no end in sight: those in charge expect the troops
to be deployed for many years yet.
Equally strange has been the general acceptance of the need for this
war. Some analysts who reckon the Iraq war a mistake continue to
hold that the war in Afghanistan was necessary.
doughty Welsh activist Lisbeth Rowlands-Hughes
has sent an editorial from the winter 2001 issue of Heddwch
(Peace), the magazine of CND Wales. The predictions it makes
a month after the troops were deployed are accurate, and its wise advice
CND Cymru wholeheartedly condemns terrorist atrocities anywhere
in the world. Nothing can justify these
military retaliation against Afghanistan, Iraq or any other countries. War can not and will not reduce the risk of
terrorist attacks. The root causes of
terrorism must be addressed. Violence
breeds violence. War and preparation for
war cause massive environmental damage, increase the
sense of injustice felt by the oppressed and disempowered world wide and create
a fertile environment for terrorist recruitment. Real security for all people of the world can
only come from justice, co-operation, understanding and respect and not from
ever-mounting military expenditure.
that the United States and Britain should proceed on the basis of
international law, following the U N Charter, and working through the normal
channels of extradition law, to bring the perpetrators of any atrocities to
justice. The process of law, not the
process of war, would be a far more intelligent solution.
There must be
an end to anti-Muslim attacks and prejudice and an active programme to encourage
understanding between groups and individuals within Wales.
We reject the
erosion of our civil liberties in the name of anti-terrorism. We cannot defend freedom by destroying it.
committed to campaigning against this ‘war’ solely by non-violent means.