SOCIALIST WORKER SPECIAL FEATURE
October 12, 2001 | Issue 379
GEORGE W. BUSH is prepared to rain death and destruction on one of the poorest countries on earth. And he's doing it in the name of "justice."
Bush and other U.S. political leaders say that their war isn't against the Afghan people, but against the terrorists responsible for the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.--specifically against Osama bin Laden and his protectors in Afghanistan's Taliban government.
That will be cold comfort to the country's starving refugees. But there's another question that's gone unanswered in Washington: What gives the U.S. government the right to "end states," topple governments and determine the fate of people around the globe?
To Bush and his buddies, might makes right. Because the U.S. is the world's only superpower, they figure it has the right to do whatever it wants. Naturally, people around the globe are bitter and angry at the U.S. government's self-appointed role as world's top cop. So are many people in the U.S. who oppose Bush's drive to war against Afghanistan.
But the question remains: Will those responsible for the horrific attacks on September 11 be brought to justice?
Some in the new antiwar movement have proposed an international tribunal, possibly overseen by the United Nations, in place of Bush's war. But the U.S. government has enormous power to bend international institutions like the UN to its will.
Here, Socialist Worker offers viewpoints on the question, Can the U.S. bring justice?