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People of the hour

October 10, 2001

The war America cannot win

( Amon Hotep ) This is clearly the War of the millennium, the war that America cannot win because they are ignorant of the objectives of the opposing side and was unprepared to deal with the influx of outside media coverage. The US leaders monolithic cultural view has blinded them to the aims and objectives of others. Full Article

MSF rejects link of humanitarian and military actions

Airdrops of food and medical aid described as of 'negligible value' and 'potentially dangerous'

The international medical aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which has been working in Afghanistan since 1979, today cast doubt on the so-called 'humanitarian airdrops' by US and British military forces, which have accompanied the military strikes against Afghanistan over the last 24-hours. Such action does not answer the needs of the Afghan people and is likely to undermine attempts to deliver substantial aid to the most vulnerable. Full Article

Bin Laden given free rein for holy war

( News ) Afghanistan's ruling Taliban have given Osama bin Laden free rein to wage holy war on the United States as Washington said its warplanes had the run of the Afghan skies. A Taliban spokesman said over seventy 'innocent' persons have been killed by the US attacks so far. Full Article


( Michel Chossudovsky ) "Now the Taliban will pay a price" vowed President George W. Bush, as American and British fighter planes unleashed missile attacks against major cities in Afghanistan. The US Administration claims that Osama bin Laden is behind the tragic events of the 11th of September. A major war supposedly "against international terrorism" has been launched, yet the evidence amply confirms that agencies of the US government have since the Cold War harbored the "Islamic Militant Network" as part of Washington's foreign policy agenda. In a bitter irony, the US Air Force is targeting the training camps established in the 1980s by the CIA.

The main justification for waging this war has been totally fabricated. The American people have been deliberately and consciously misled by their government into supporting a major military adventure which affects our collective future. Full Article

TV News -- A Militarized Zone

( Norman Solomon ) When the bombing of Afghanistan resumed Monday night, retired generals showed no fatigue at their posts under hot lights at network studios. On CNN, former NATO supreme commander Wesley Clark teamed up with Maj. Gen. Don Shepperd to explain military strategies; they were sharing their insights as employees of AOL Time Warner.

Far away, missiles are flying and bombs are exploding -- but in televisionland, a sense of equilibrium prevails. The tones are calm; the correspondents are self-composed. News bulletins crawl across the bottom of the screen, along with invitations to learn more. "Take a 3-D look at U.S. military aircraft at" Full Article