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How to coordinate the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack entry with this entry

Is this the right name for the entry?

The attack will be ongoing; The Cunctator assumed we don't also want a "October 8, 2001 Coalition Attack..." entry, etc. It was changed to "2001 Coalition Attack on Afghanistan" for that reason.

Weigh in:

on Afghanistan?
  • Would it be better to say "Attack on Taliban"? I'd say no, since the attacks are in that country and will necessarily affect the physical country as well as its inhabitants, even if the Taliban are the only people the coalition cares about.
  • As Afghanistan exists now more as a geographic rather than political entity, Attack in Afghanistan may be more appropriate.
  • Also, the US has stated that they intend to fight not just in Afghanistan, but wherever terrorism which threatens the US exists. Perhaps "U.S.-Al Qaeda War" would be more accurate. Or "Global Anti-Terrorist War"?
    • If one of those terms, or one like it, comes into common usage in reference to a long-term "war" againist whatever, then we should use them then. That page could then link to this one. As it is, the story is about the Attack on Afghanistan, which is appropriate to be seperate.

The capitalization of Coalition and Attack imply that this a formal title. While capitalization matches the precedent set by "Terrorist Attack", it's against the wider Wikipedia precedent. Terrorist Attack has remained capitalized mainly because it's so big and unwieldy to change wholesale.

Associated non-attack stuff

Certainly humanitarian and diplomatic actions are associated with this. Do we make them subsidiary to the military campaign? I'd say we might as well, until it becomes clear that they deserve independence. For example, we had the US governmental response to the September 11 attack as a subentry until they launched a full-scale military attack, meriting its own entry.

U.S. or international?


Is "Coalition" the best word? It may imply more unity than is appropriate; it's certainly a primarily US attack. However, Larry Sanger feels that "Coalition" is better than "U.S". Any title chosen will necessarily leave out nuances and have certain biases; the only useful recourse is to be as comprehensive and informative in the entry itself.

More data points: All the American news media call it "America Attacks" or some such; the U.S. government has stated repeatedly that it will lead; the BBC calls this a "confrontation between Afghanistan and the U.S."; the majority of the forces are American, and the entire campaign is unequivocally led by the U.S. Looks like it really should be under "2001 U.S. Attack on Afghanistan".

I think it should be called "U.S. Attack on Afghanistan" since that what it is referred to both within and outside of the U.S. It may not be perfectly precise, but we are not in the business of correcting language, see the debate about "America" vs. "U.S." --AxelBoldt

Time stamps?

Considering the international character of the coalition attack, isn't it better to give the hours in GMT instead of EDT? -- Tsja I'd say that people should feel free to use either or both, such as what's being done on the main page. The most important thing right now is to get as much information as possible onto the Timeline; it can then be fixed/edited once there. -- The Cunctator

It is estimated that in Afghanistan there are three to four million Afghans suffering from hunger or starvation.

Just saying this in the context of this article makes it seem as though the attacks, which began five days ago, are responsible for the hunger and starvation of 3-4 million Afghans. What, in actuality, are the causes of this hunger and starvation? Or the competing explanations thereof, if there are any? --LMS

Surely there is a less jarring way of expressing the skepticism, on the part of some, that bin Laden's terrorism actually is terrorism, other than putting "terrorism" in scare quotes? That really looks bad--not at all NPOV. It makes it look as if Wikipedia is probably of the opinion that what the U.S. calls terrorism isn't actually terrorism, or that the word "terrorism" is never properly applied, or that it isn't properly applied, for whatever reason, in this case...something like that. I'm not saying to remove the scare quotes, I'm saying to make explicit what the scare quotes express implicitly--and then attribute that view to some people, such as peace activists and general all-around skeptics. --Larry Sanger

Why are there events from Sept. and now Nov. on the Oct. timeline page? --rmhermen

This article needs an overhaul, in view of recent events. There are also quite a few places in which it is pretty obviously non-NPOV. --LMS

This page is misnamed. The U.S. is not attacking Afghanistan -- but rather is attacking the Taliban. The phrase "attack on Afghanistan" sounds hostile towards Afghanis.

Would we call the D-Day landing at Normandy an "attack on France?"

On the other hand, for those who consider the Taliban to be the rightful rulers of Afganistan -- despite the extraordinarily low number of other countries which recognize it (2 or 3), an attack on the Taliban would be considered an attack on the nation rather than an attempt to liberate the nation.

Is that the intent of the page title?

I propose 2001 War in Afghanistan - Tim

Well, France was occupied by a foreign occupier(Germany); Afghanistan was not. The war in Afghanistan is against the prevailing domestically based government there, with the goal of replacing it with a different domestically based ruling government. By the way, our war on Germany was not against the German people, but against the German government; so, according to the logic that says we never have a war "on" a country whenever we are not hostile to the citizens who live there, that would mean that there is never a war "on" any country unless it is a terrorist fatwah that specifically declares the citizens to be the enemy.
In other words, I would say that the war "on" Afghanistan is perfectly legitimate usage, but not necessarily the correct one for other reasons. The real question is, what is the prevailing name for this conflict in the media and everyday speech? Has it come to be known as a war "on" the country or a war "in" the country? --Egern

Common usage here in New Zealand seems to be "US war in Afghanistan". It has gone surpisingly fast, but I wouldn't count on its being over in 2001. -AjC

In the video released by bin Laden following the start of the war, he calls for a holy war against not just the West but against any country that does not condemn the US response. This means, he is calling for jihad against at least the entire non-Muslim world. - Tim (this is in regards to my edit, revision 55, on the main page, btw)