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October 15, 2001

Clear and compelling

Al-Ahram Weekly
By Fayza Hassan

As the days go by, assorted official spokespersons take turns declaring emphatically that they have seen the evidence linking the attack on the World Trade Center to Osama Bin Laden, and that it is clear and compelling. As time passes, too, one becomes less and less inclined to believe them.

NATO's George Robertson neither looks nor sounds very convincing, and Tony Blair's hysterical statements as he rushes to the aid of big brother George are frankly laughable. He has taken it upon himself to up the ante, describing the evidence as "overwhelming" and, in his zeal, calling for the removal of the Taliban government.

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is doing his very best to pretend that he is so satisfied with the FBI reports that "there is no need for more evidence," but only manages to make it obvious that he himself perceives his statements as not very credible. Full Article

Responsibility for the terrorist atrocities in the United States

10 Downing Street
The Document starts with this disclaimer

This document does not purport to provide a prosecutable case against Usama Bin Laden in a court of law. Intelligence often cannot be used evidentially, due both to the strict rules of admissibility and to the need to protect the safety of sources. But on the basis of all the information available HMG is confident of its conclusions as expressed in this document. CONTINUE HERE

The Weakest Link

( M. Ranut ) Which prosecutor gets an "incontrovertible link" between an accused and a crime, keeps it hidden and simply tells the Judge that he has 'seen' it? If this type of evidence is available then he presents it. Full Article

Stench of death in a flattened village

Guardian Unlimited
An old man deferentially removed his turban as he spoke. "We are poor people, don't hit us," he said. "We have nothing to do with Osama bin Laden. We are innocent people." "I lost my four daughters, my son and my wife in this attack," said Toray, a distraught farmer, who was out of his house when the bombs struck. To underline his point, he held up a piece of shrapnel with the words "fin guided bomb" stencilled on it - virtually all he recovered from the debris of his flattened home. CONTINUE HERE

Letter From Afghanistan

By Kathy Gannon
Associated Press Writer

JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- From behind a painted mud wall and the flowered mattress and steel bed frame leaning against it, a missile peeked out. A single anti-aircraft gun sat perched, almost precariously, on a nearby rooftop.

Several Taliban soldiers lounged nearby, waving Kalashnikov rifles. Their base sits halfway between Jalalabad and the Pakistan border 45 miles away. CONTINUE HERE

Now that America has attacked Afghanistan what next?

( Staff Writer ) The American Government leaves their country and their allies in a vulnerable 'Sitting Duck' position. The perpetrators have left not only a gaping hole on Manhattan and Washington but they have exposed a gap in the American Security and understanding of world affairs that the Government is fighting to close. Even as they claim to have closed this security hole, they still have to deal with the backlash that is yet to come.

In no way can whosoever did the attack on the US, Bin Laden or any other 'leader' go up against the military strength of America, they would have to wait, ride out America's initial responses, then counter punch. Full Article

We are all victims now

( Gary Younge ) So we have come a full and bloody circle. As the American firefighters quench the flames and clear the rubble from the remains of the twin towers in Manhattan, the US military, with British assistance, creates more rubble and starts more fires all over Afghanistan. The FBI has warned of more terror attacks in the next few days. In New York and Florida people live in fear of another anthrax attack. The al-Qaida terrorist network has warned Muslims in Britain and America not to fly. Meanwhile, winter in Afghanistan promises a humanitarian disaster of epic proportions. What started at ground zero is ending up as a zero-sum game. Full Article

Bread not bombs

( Nick Cohen ) The bombing of Afghanistan must stop. To say so isn't to appease mass murderers by pretending they are misunderstood fighters against imperialism. You can think, as I do, that the sum of human happiness would inflate exponentially if the Taliban and their Arab allies were driven from power. You can believe that the atrocities of 11 September changed the world and made hitherto unthinkable expedients necessary. You can even fall in love with Tony Blair's mythical America which stood 'side by side with us' in the Blitz of 1940, rather than staying out of the Second World War until 1941, and was 'born out of the defeat of slavery', rather than a declaration of independence by, among others, slave owners. Full Article