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With US or against US

November 12, 2001

U.S. Big Guns: BLU-82

With its use of the 6 750-kilogram "daisy cutter" bomb in Afghanistan, the United States has unleashed one of its most powerful weapons - billed as the world's largest conventional bomb. Full Article

The right to be British

By Gary Younge

What have you done to assert your British identity recently? Have you declared yourself a moderate, explained the peaceful nature of your faith or condemned members of your own community to justify your existence here? Have you been asked to choose between the flag and your faith, or the colour of your skin and the crest on your passport? Have you been called upon to cheer a war you do not believe in or renounce beliefs you never had?

In short, have your rights in this country been called into question not because of what you have done, but simply because of who you are? As Britain continues to support America in bombing Afghanistan back into the dark ages, so our racial discourse in this country is reverting to its own prehistoric era. We are moving towards a resurrected, revamped version of the Tebbit test. Full Article

Internment without trial will not stop terrorism

By Peter Preston

I turned on morning television in random boredom, but the accustomed B-list celebrities chatting on sofas had vanished. Instead there were smoke-filled streets where ambulances howled and blood-stained civilians staggered dazed and crying into the light. It was all live, livid and gut-churningly familiar. Full Article

War May be Costing $1 Billion a Month

By Calvin Woodward

WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. helicopter lost in Afghanistan a week ago cost up to twice as much as the government spends yearly on scenic byways. Each cruise missile is worth several American homes.

The total expense of the Afghan war may be nearly as hard to find as people hiding in Afghan caves. By one estimate, the military assault is costing $500 million to $1 billion a month - and above the $1 billion in promised U.S. economic assistance to Pakistan, and debt relief for the country.' Full Article

The Theatre of Good and Evil

By Eduardo Galeano

In the struggle of Good against Evil, it's always the people who get killed.

The terrorists killed workers of 50 countries in NYC and DC, in the name of Good against Evil. And in the name of Good against Evil President Bush has promised vengeance: "We will eliminate Evil from the world", he announced.

Eliminate Evil? What would Good be without Evil? It's not just religious fanatics who need enemies to justify their insanity. The arms industry and the gigantic war machine of the US also needs enemies to justify its existence. Good and evil, evil and good: the actors change masks, the heroes become monsters and the monsters heroes, in accord with the demands of the theatre's playwrights.

On September 11 1973, exactly 28 years before the fires of last week, the Presidential Palace in Chile was stormed. Kissinger had written the epitaph of Allende and Chilean democracy long before when he commented on the results of the elections: "I don't see why we have to stand by and watch a country go communist because of the irresponsibility of its own people." Full Article