October 17, 2001
What Can We Do About Terrorism?
By Dr. Robert M. Bowman
"In a time of universal deceit,
telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell
"Mr. President, you did not tell the American people the truth about why we are the targets of terrorism. You said that we are the target because we stand for democracy, freedom, and human rights in the world. Baloney! We are the target of terrorists because we stand for dictatorship, bondage, and human exploitation in the world. We are the target of terrorists because we are hated. And we are hated because our government has done hateful things." CONTINUE HERE
The First Terrorists
By Tim Wise
"We stand united," comes the proclamation from America's political leaders and national media. "Americans are pulling together like never before," say still others, in the wake of the horrific attacks of September 11. American flags are popping up everywhere: on lapel pins, car antennae, hastily printed T-shirts, and as inserts in the newspaper; the latter, for those who want to show their national pride but can't hustle it down to the local Target or Wal-Mart to pick up a fancier version.
And so it is amid this outpouring of manufactured and marketed patriotism, this presumption of national unity, that one might take note of the lingering signs that we are, in point of fact, anything but one nation. Osama bin Laden aside, and duly noting the ability of a common enemy to oftentimes paper over existing divisions for the time being, the simple truth is, fissures are everywhere. CONTINUE HERE
Of course it's a war on Islam
By Faisal Bodi
It doesn't seem so very long ago that another US president called Bush appeared before the American people to inform them that Operation Desert Storm had got under way. This was not a war against the Iraqi people, he assured them. It was a war to oust their despotic ruler from neighbouring Kuwait and usher in a new world order.
Ten years on and more than 500,000 "excess" child deaths later (according to Unicef's figures), Saddam Hussein is still in power in a country reduced from a bread basked to a begging bowl by his iron-fist rule and US-led sanctions. Palestinians have not seen their rights restored. And the Kashmiris are still fighting for independence. Full Article
Washington - 10/16: You gotta love the chutzpa of the Americans. Today the President went a few blocks from the White House to the Headquarters of the American Red Cross -- a little photo op designed to further enlist "the children of America" in his recently announced effort to help the children of Afghanistan. But just as President Bush was getting ready to do his Red Cross pictures reports came in from Afghanistan that the major Red Cross center in Kabul, complete with large Red Cross emblem on its roof, was destroyed by American bombs. The $90.000 so far sent in by America's kids aren't going to even begin to make up for the destruction.
But then it's all really about propaganda and nationalistic fervor anyway, isn't it. www.MiddleEast.Org
Operation Enduring Hypocrisy
( Ayinde ) Think of Bush and company calling Sharon and telling him Israel cannot solve the problem with the Palestinians through the use of violence. Bush then calls Arafat, the Palestine 'Leader' and tells him the same. They then send an envoy to Pakistan and India to tell them to cool it with the violence.
Much talk of non-violence while America is engaged in the most publicized violence in history. Never in the history of the world have all people at the same time been able to witness the Enduring Arrogance and Hypocrisy of America.
And after the Red Cross incident it's "Operation Enduring Blunders".
Bin Laden offer to take CNN questions
CNN and the Arabic satellite network al-Jazeera have been asked by a man claiming to represent al-Qaida to submit questions that will be answered on video by Osama bin Laden, it emerged last night.
The man asked the networks to provide written questions for the terrorist leader, which he will answer on a videotape that will then be delivered back to al-Jazeera, the station that has received video recordings and statements from Bin Laden and his spokesmen. Full Article
New offer on Bin Laden
A senior Taliban minister has offered a last-minute deal to hand over Osama bin Laden during a secret visit to Islamabad, senior sources in Pakistan told the Guardian last night.
For the first time, the Taliban offered to hand over Bin Laden for trial in a country other than the US without asking to see evidence first in return for a halt to the bombing, a source close to Pakistan's military leadership said. Full Article
US buys up all satellite war images
The Pentagon has spent millions of dollars to prevent western media from seeing highly accurate civilian satellite pictures of the effects of bombing in Afghanistan, it was revealed yesterday.
The images, which are taken from Ikonos, an advanced civilian satellite launched in 1999, are better than the spy satellite pictures available to the military during most of the cold war. Full Article / and more here
Who Is the Terrorist?
TEHRAN U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell recently said that anyone who kills innocent people is a terrorist. Whilst completely agreeing with Mr Powell's contention, and believe that all reasonable people also condemn the killing of innocent people, we would like to point out that innocent people do not only live in the USA or Western European countries. When innocent people are killed by superpower bombs and missiles, what terminology would the secretary of state use to describe the action? Full Article
Mind Control Programs
by Junious Ricardo Stanton
"-Start of the Cold War and Korean War in particular gave a big boost to mind control research with the emergence of 'Brain Washing' as a common term. Supposedly a development of dastardly Chinese Communists (Chi-Coms), the term was actually coined by a magazine writer later found to be on the CIA payroll as an agent of influence. Postulating a 'brainwashing gap' Full Article
Americans' position will be dictated by factors that have nothing to do with the "war on drugs", even though that war will provide a lever and an alibi for U.S. policy in the region.
Germany Gingerly Embraces Military Responsibility
Fears of resurgent militarism were rekindled in Germany this week by Chancellor Gherard Schroeder's trip to Washington. Flanking the US President at a White House press conference, Schroeder expressed German support for President Bush's war on terrorism. This support, explained Schroeder, would also include the use of German armed forces to pursue terrorists around the world. Full Article
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