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Anthrax News
Anthrax News

October 14, 2001

Operation enduring madness

Al-Ahram Weekly
By Hani Shukrallah

This apocalyptic war of civilisations is a monumental con. People are being killed, homes are being destroyed, lives are being shattered; but all of it is shadow boxing, none of it really matters as far as the protagonists are concerned. The real war is elsewhere.

This is the ultimate post-modern war. The actual theatre of operations is the realm of symbols, and the target is people's minds -- their very innate capacity to reason and question. In every modern war, propaganda has been deployed in the service of military objectives. In this war, military operations are not even in the service of propaganda: they are the propaganda. Full Article

Just as the city felt safe... ANTHRAX

( Anthony Holden ) New York was already living on its nerves, torn between anxiety and a flag-waving determination to keep going, when its first case of anthrax was confirmed on Friday. As panic overloaded emergency wards, Mayor Rudy Giuliani went on TV to appeal for calm. 'There's no reason,' he reassured us, 'to become over-alarmed.'

At his side, state Governor George Pataki meanwhile conceded that the city had reached 'a new level of fear'. Full Article

The killer that comes in the post

( Robin McKie ) It was the news that the world was dreading. One of the most feared diseases known to man had been used in deliberate acts of terrorism. The realisation produced near panic in America yesterday as thousands of people, terrified they had been infected by deadly anthrax bacteria, flocked to hospitals across the nation, their hysteria being intensified by continuing reports of new outbreaks. Full Article

Anthrax Cloud's Silver Lining - MARCH 12th

ABC News
Bioport Corp. Lands Exclusive License to Produce Vaccine

That ominous cloud of anthrax Pentagon bio-defense planners fear may fog some future battlefield could actually have a silver lining for Lansing, Mich.-based Bioport Corp. - and for its most visible corporate director, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. William J. Crowe Jr. Full Article (more)

5 More at Florida Office Test Positive for Anthrax

( NY Times ) Five more employees of American Media have tested positive for exposure to anthrax, company officials said today, raising to eight the number of workers for the South Florida publishing company who have been exposed to the deadly bacteria. Full Article

Anthrax sent to Senate leader

A letter opened Monday in the office of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle "had anthrax in it," President Bush said. The envelope was field-tested shortly after being received, and the staffers who were exposed were being treated, he said. Full Article

Anthrax Scares Sweep Australia

SYDNEY, Australia -- Dozens of government workers in Australia were hosed down after their office received a letter containing white powder. A U.S. consulate received a similar scare and in Germany on Monday, officials were investigating a powdery substance found in the mailroom of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's offices. Full Article

Capitol shuts as anthrax spreads

OCT 17 - The US Capitol will close down for tests after 31 Senate employees tested positive for anthrax exposure - increasing fears of new, full-blown cases of the potentially deadly disease. Full Article

Anthrax attacks now being linked to US right-wing cranks

By Chris Blackhurst

OCT 21 - Thomas J Ridge, the Bush administration's new director of homeland security, confirmed the FBI "has been able to identify the site where the letters were mailed". At first, given the proximity of the anthrax mailshots to 11 September, the authorities thought they had to be linked to extreme Muslim fundamentalists, probably Osama bin Laden and his Al Qa'ida organisation. But in the last few days that view has changed, with the "crank" theory gaining ground. Full Article

Ex-CIA Director Confesses U.S. Supplied Iraq With Anthrax Bacteria in 80s

OCT 23 - TEHRAN The former director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) confessed that the U.S. had supplied the Iraqi regime with the anthrax bacteria during 80s -- Iran-Iraq wartime.Full Article

Anthrax for Export

William Blum

There is no evidence that Iraq has anything to do with attacks of Anthrax in the U.S., but these articles shows more about U.S. foreign policies.

The United States almost went to war against Iraq in February because of Saddam Hussein's weapons program. In his State of the Union address, President Clinton castigated Hussein for "developing nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them."

"You cannot defy the will of the world," the President proclaimed. "You have used weapons of mass destruction before. We are determined to deny you the capacity to use them again."

Most Americans listening to the President did not know that the United States supplied Iraq with much of the raw material for creating a chemical and biological warfare program. Nor did the media report that U.S. companies sold Iraq more than $1 billion worth of the components needed to build nuclear weapons and diverse types of missiles, including the infamous Scud. Full Article

The gap grows wider

( Edward Said ) On his visit to Birzeit University, Lionel Jospin had the gall to speak of the Hizbullah fighters as terrorists, also expressing his "understanding" of Israel's actions against Lebanon. As is now widely known, he was greeted after his speech by many hundreds of students, who stoned his car and that of his escort, Minister Nabil Shaath. Jospin's visit to the Palestinian territories (still under occupation by Israel, which is aided in its occupation by the Palestinian Authority) was under the supposed auspices of the Authority, which was exposed for its unpopularity and incompetence. Full Article

So, is revenge sweet?

( Donna Yawching ) The missiles are being smartly guided to their targets (and beyond). The people have started dying. I wonder how Americans are feeling these days? Vindicated? Triumphant? Is the Pentagon keeping a chart where they can track the number of Afghani casualties and set them off against the 6,000 WTC fatalities? Can we hope that when they've totted up six or seven thousand, they'll be satisfied, and call for a halt? Or must it be a five-to-one payback? Full Article

It's not against Islam, Muslim donation not accepted to USA, and yes it's not a crusade either?

Interestingly Mr. Giuliani gave an excuse of his press statement, in which Prince asked USA to revise its Middle East Policy.
The prince's statement said the United States "should re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stand toward the Palestinian cause.
"While the U.N. passed clear resolutions numbered 242 and 338 calling for the Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza Strip decades ago, our Palestinian brethren continue to be slaughtered at the hands of Israelis while the world turns the other cheek," the statement said.
Muslims all over the world are shocked and hurt by this rejection. It is gradually becoming evident that the word, "Crusade" was not used mistakenly by President Bush, but it's the part of overall well planned staged drama in which USA wants to convince its own citizens that Arabs, Islam and Muslims have now become the worst enemy of USA and west. Full Article

Annan "Surprised" Giuliani Turned Down Saudi Check

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, said he was "surprised" at the strong reaction of New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in rejecting a Saudi Prince's $10 million donation for victims of the World Trade Center carnage. Full Article

Tehran Times scoffs at Blair's warning to Iran

After some seven days of devastating U.S. and British attacks on the innocent Afghans, which have drawn angry reactions from the world nations, especially the Islamic countries, British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has now come up with a new reason for the massacre of innocent men, women and children in Afghanistan. Full Article

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