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2001-Nov-01: Thoughts on Afghanistan

Sir Paul and Heather Mills joined Vietnamese Ambassador Vuong Thua Phong at the Royal Albert Hall in London this evening for the launch of of a new partnership between the Adopt-A-Minefield charity and the Mines Advisory Group.

Heather took the opportunity to call for an end to the bombing campaign in Afghanistan, "I don't think it should have lasted any longer than a week. If anyone thinks bin Laden is still in Afghanistan they are a bit naive. I think he got out a long time ago."  She also spoke of witnessing the attack on the World Trade Center and later speaking to former President Bill Clinton about it:  "I watched it with Paul. We were about to take off from JFK Airport when the captain put the brakes on and I saw smoke coming out of tower one. I said to Paul, 'It's terrorists' and then the second one was hit"  Heather also disclosed an interesting comment from former President Clinton, "I said to Clinton 'Do you wish you were president now?' and he said 'I feel I would be better trained for it, more prepared.' It must be frustrating for him. I did not like Bush before this happened but now I find him very human ... I understand them bombing terrorist camps, but they should be using more intelligence. It's only innocent civilians that are getting hurt."

Sir Paul refused to be drawn into commenting on the Afghanistan the issue, saying that he was attending the event to support Heather because he believes it is important to save innocent lives: "It's just because there is so much suffering, that is really why I am here. I'm against land mines in general but I'm not following the situation in Afghanistan closely enough to know what's going on. I just agree there has to be some responsibility for the terrorist act but I'm not in a position to say what that should be."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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