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The World Wanted Justice, Not War

- — Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor

In the wake of 9/11, the American people were united, we’re told. Indeed, the whole world was.

But united for what? Gallup Internatio­nal polled people in 37 countries, and found that the vast majority of them in the vast majority of countries wanted the American government to seek extraditio­n and trial of the terrorists — a course of action that would have almost certainly avoided the “war on terrorism,” and its pernicious spill-over effects including refugee crises and the spread of religious hostility, extremism and violence across the globe.

On average citizens of 34 countries — mostly in Europe and Latin America — favored extraditio­n and trial over war by more than 5-to-1: 78.4% to 14.9%. The sole exceptions, with strong majorities (over 70%) favoring a military attack were India and Israel, both engaged in decades-long failed wars against Muslim “terrorists,” and the United States, where a slight majority — 54% — favored military action, compared to 30% favoring extraditio­n and trial, and 16% unsure.

The 46% in the USA who did not favor war had virtually no support in the corporate media. A survey conducted by Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting found 44 op-eds in the New York Times and the Washington Post favoring war in the first three weeks after 9/11, compared to just two op-eds opposed.

 ??  ?? Taken in Lynchburg, Virginia after Sept. 11, 2001. Photo by David Duncan
Taken in Lynchburg, Virginia after Sept. 11, 2001. Photo by David Duncan

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