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November 01, 2001

They are not civilized

By A. H. Hotep

When people domesticate animals they enslave them, they rob them of their freedom to roam and live under the direct influences of nature. They are subjugated to the wills of people however misinformed and misdirected their wills.

This is the nature of nations that continually claim they are civilized. They wage wars under the pretext of helping the less fortunate or to advance 'noble ideals'. They have taken the arrogant and racist position that their values and their outlook on life are somehow superior and all else must yield to their wishes. In other words they seek to domesticate people, who, just like domesticated animals are very easy to control and exploit. They are also easier to slaughter. Full Article

The US has been training terrorists at a camp in Georgia for years - and it's still at it

By George Monbiot

"If any government sponsors the outlaws and killers of innocents," George Bush announced on the day he began bombing Afghanistan, "they have become outlaws and murderers themselves. And they will take that lonely path at their own peril." I'm glad he said "any government", as there's one which, though it has yet to be identified as a sponsor of terrorism, requires his urgent attention.

For the past 55 years it has been running a terrorist training camp, whose victims massively outnumber the people killed by the attack on New York, the embassy bombings and the other atrocities laid, rightly or wrongly, at al-Qaida's door. The camp is called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, or WHISC. It is based in Fort Benning, Georgia, and it is funded by Mr Bush's government. Full Article

The Pentagon's Public Relations Blitz

By Eric Burns - Fox News

You read that the Pentagon has hired a public relations firm, that the fighters have enlisted some flacks, and you think itís silly, trivial, a waste of money. To be precise, a waste of $397,000 for four months, with an option to renew for another eight.

Your second reaction is to understand. Full Article

Blair gets a public lecture on the harsh realities of the Middle East

Blair Tony Blair's drive to strengthen the anti-terrorist coalition and the Middle East peace process yesterday suffered a very public rebuff at the hands of the leader of Syria.
President Bashar al-Assad gave Mr Blair a dressing down, condemning the bombing of Afghan civilians and praising Palestinian armed groups as freedom fighters.

The British prime minister had to stand and listen as the Israelis were described as state terrorists and the west was accused of double standards and an inability to distinguish terrorism from self-defence. Full Article

Kingdom of Change - Saudis Straddled Ancient, Modern Worlds in 1970s

When Osama bin Laden came of age in 1970s in Saudi Arabia, his generation straddled an ancient world and a new and dazzling one. Divisions took root then that continue to plague the kingdom. Some found freedom in the changes. And a few, writes PNS editor Mary Jo McConahay, began a life of religious hatred of outsiders. McConahay (mcconahay@pacificnews.org) has covered the Middle East and Latin America for 25 years. Full Article

CIA agent alleged to have met Bin Laden in July

Guardian UK

Two months before September 11 Osama bin Laden flew to Dubai for 10 days for treatment at the American hospital, where he was visited by the local CIA agent, according to the French newspaper Le Figaro.

The disclosures are known to come from French intelligence which is keen to reveal the ambiguous role of the CIA, and to restrain Washington from extending the war to Iraq and elsewhere. Full Article - CIA denies agent met bin Laden

Sayyid Qutb, the father of modern Islamist fundamentalism

Guardian UK

As the west struggles to get to grips with its newest enemy, pundits, scholars and journalists have combed every inch of Osama bin Laden's life story for clues to what turned an apparently quiet and unexceptional rich Saudi boy into the world's most feared terrorist. But the most useful insights into the shaping of Bin Laden may lie not in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, or the rampant materialism of 1970s Saudi Arabia, but the biography of a long dead Egyptian fundamentalist scholar called Sayyid Qutb. Full Article

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