Regarding Letter by Jason Scorse (1/04/02) “The Real Issues Behind the Afghan War.”
The point was well made that our government was supporting with grants the Taliban government months before 9/11.
Our foreign policy is driven by the self interest of a small group of people in the United States government, including Bush and Cheney, whose interests in global oil fields and profits from war contracts have put us in a position of having killed more people than were destroyed by the catastrophe of 9/11.
Imagine, if you can, that we would have spent the $1 billion a month since 9/11 to feed and house people in the poor country instead of bombing them. That certainly would help end hopelessness and hunger that may lead to acts of desperation.
We have a well funded intelligence system that should be able to track criminals and bring them to justice.
Sylvia E. Levy