The Afghanistan's Focus & The US and British Focus
October 13, 2001
'Food mixed with blood'
( Al-Ahram Weekly ) Even before Sunday's massive first strike against Afghanistan US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld could have claimed what he claimed on Tuesday. "We can now carry (air) strikes, more or less around the clock, as we wish," he told reporters, announcing that three days of heavy pounding of Afghanistan had destroyed more than 85 per cent of Taliban's air defences. Full Article
There isn't a target in Afghanistan worth a $1m missile
Mohamed Heikal, the Arab world's foremost political
commentator, talks to Stephen Moss
Censorship Comes to America
By Bob Djurdjevic
Striking hazardous chords
(Amira Howeidy) America is the enemy; it has killed hundreds of thousands in Iraq, Palestine and Hiroshima. It applies double standards. It is fighting Islam. Then he demanded that every Muslim rise and defend the faith. And finally, he threatened more suffering. He "pledged" that, as long as there is no security in Palestine, and as long as US forces remain in Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Americans, innocent or not, who live there, will never feel safe.
Anti-US protests worldwide
( Guardian UK ) Malaysian police sprayed chemical-laced water at about 2,500 supporters of a Muslim opposition party demonstrating peacefully outside the American embassy in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, as they knelt on prayer mats to begin their afternoon prayers in defiance of police orders.
The Battle of the Gods and Holy Land
( John Williams ) As we the ordinary people of the world keep looking on at the scenario unfolding and being played out right before our very eyes. One cannot help but notice it is a virtual Battle of the Gods taking place. On the one hand there are the people in the West invoking their Christian God every step of the way in dealing with the present crisis. And on the other, there are the people of Islam/Muslims invoking their God with every step and in several cases their final ones have deadly consequences all on behalf of their professed love for their God. Full Article
Anti-aircraft fire beats back US bombars on 'day-6'
On the 'Day Six', on Friday the Afghan capital, Kabul, again come under heavy air attacks with American warplanes launching a series of raids, drawing anti-aircraft fire from Taleban forces, belying claims that the coalition had secured total control of skies in the war, even as ruling Afghan militia alleged that a large number of civilians were killed overnight in the heaviest US raids to date against cities and towns across their battered country.
Tony Blair's director of communications urges BBC to censor bin Laden videos
The Government is to demand that broadcasters consider censoring video messages from Osama bin Laden, after allegations that the BBC was allowing the leader of the al-Qaida network an 'easy ride' in the propaganda war. Full Article
Now US blames Saddam Hussein for anthrax outbreaks
In what seems to be a desire by some Americans to widen the scope of their military actions, there are claims that Saddam Hussein is behind the anthrax outbreaks. Full Article
Iraqi was terrorism suspect
ByChristopher P. Winner