Dear Mr. Schram,
There are things that decent people do not do: Among those are to accuse others of complicity in mass murder without even a shred of evidence, even if these "others" live far away. I am sorry to note that you have levelled such accusations at the Taliban in your article "Blindsided by War on Terror" on http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/400401_schramonline18.html.
You write there: "The Taliban — facilitators of al-Qaida’s 9/11 terrorist attacks on our homeland — had just scored a major triumph." Facilitators of the 9/11 attacks? This allegation is without any foundation in fact and law. I challenge you to present any credible evidence that the Taliban, or any person who resided in Afghanistan, had anything to do with 9/11. Even the FBI admitted to have no such evidence. I am no friend of the Taliban, have never been in Afghanistan and am not particularly interested how the Afghans are managing their lives. But I cannot support anyone making false accusations against others, particularly when such accusations are used as a pretext for killings.
I would therefore ask you, in a civic but firm manner, to refrain in the future of accusing without any evidence otherpeople of mass murder or in helping mass murder. Such conduct by yourself only serves to make Americans look bad.
Composer and human rights activist