October 01, 2001
The Weakest Link
( Meri Ranut ) America should note that 'evidence' of this magnitude is not to be kept private while they lobby for world support in their effort to capture Bin Laden. If they want the jury (us public) to accept the case they are putting forward then the most sensible line would be for them to present their evidence in total.
Me Big Chief
( Bukka Rennie ) Haiti, the first black republic in the Western Hemisphere, paid reparations to France to the tune of 150 million in "gold francs". Imagine paying reparations for having won your independence in one of the bloodiest episodes in modern history. The oppressed compensating the oppressor for their freedom.
Does George W. have a Grasp of Key Foreign Policy Issues?
( Michel Chossudovsky ) America is preparing for war. British and US Special Forces "trained in the arts of kidnapping and assassination" are already operating inside Afghanistan. More than one million US troops are on standby. US military bases around the World are on high alert: "the Japan-based USS Kitty Hawk battle group and the 7th Fleet are ready to join" in the largest display of military might since the Vietnam war.
( Alexander Yanov ) When a Glamor correspondent asked Governor Bush what he thought about the Taliban, he just shrugged his shoulders, bemused. It took a bit of prompting from the journalist ("discrimination against women in Afghanistan") for Bush to rouse himself: Taliban in Afghanistan! Absolutely. Reprisals. I thought you were talking about some rock group.
How to wash a brain
( Donna Yawching ) Last week, my colleague Jillian Ballantyne advanced a theory that Osama bin Laden's suicidal terrorists might actually have been professionally brainwashed into committing their fanatical and terrible deeds. It is an interesting idea, and may even be correct; but my suspicion is that for adherents of Osama bin Laden's world-view, professional mind-controllers would be almost redundant: history is the most effective brainwasher of all.