The attack of 11 September was a terrorist atrocity of unprecedented scale, attracting near-universal condemnation from the international community. But was the bombing of Afghanistan, some three weeks later, the appropriate response from America and her closest allies? While land troops moved in, a growing wave of international voices questioned the wisdom, efficacy and morality of a military strike against one of the poorest nations on earth. Will war against Afghanistan have any real effect in helping to bring a terrorist network to justice? Is the price in humanitarian terms too high? This volume, as a work of reflection and depth, aims to provoke continued discussion of the issues. This anthology brings together a wide range of voices, from intellectuals to entertainers, business leaders to human rights activists, poets to public figures. Thier response to the tragedy is to call for creative, just ways to end the chain of violence. As Terry Waite argues in his contribution: "To make war is easy. To make peace is much more difficult".
Table of Contents
Annie Lennox;Mark Steel; George Monbiot; Ziauddin Sardar; Caryl Churchill; Paul Marsden MP; Anita Roddick; Katherine Hamnett; Dominique Lapierre; Terry Waite CBE; Adrian Mitchell; Geoffrey Robertson QC; James Mawdsley; Jason Elliot; Ronan Bennett; Joseph Olshan; Courttia Newland; Terry Jones; Matthew Parris; Karen Armstrong; Stephen Jay Gould; David Bellamy; Ben Okri; Paul Foot; Martin Bell; Rt Rev Richard Harries, Bishop of Oxford; William Dalrymple; Edward Said; Ahdaf Soueif; Natasha Walter; Dr Assad Hafeez; Chris Bellamy; Suheir Hammadd; Sir Terence Conran; Rachel Billington; Rahul Mahajan and Robert Jensen; Jonathan Porritt; Martin Wright.
The proposed contributors will be drawn from a wide spectrum of views and include Kate Adie, Muhammed Ali, Tony Benn, Rabbi Lionel Blue, Bono, Seamus Heaney, Congresswoman Barbara Lee in the US, Bob Geldof, John Hume, Fergal Keane, Brian Keenan, Imran Khan, Ian McEwan, Nelson Mandela, Manzoor Moghal, Andrew Motion, Mo Mowlam, Yoko Ono, Kim Phuc, John Pilger, Arundhati Roy, M Scott Peck, Lord Taylor of Warwick, Terry Waite and Alice Walker among others.