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October 24, 2001

Why do Terrorists Pick on the United States?

Rogue StateBy William Blum

"I think the American people need to know that we live in a world where by virtue of America's leadership to some degree, by virtue of a degree of fanaticism by some people, we will be targeted," declared National Security Adviser Sandy Berger after the bombings of two US African embassies on August 7, 1998.{1}
When asked "What is it that these terrorists want from the United States?", Richard Haass, head of the foreign policy department at the Brookings Institution, replied: "Well, the answer is it's not anything we're simply doing. It is who we are. It's the fact that we're the most powerful country in the world. It's the fact that we're a secular country. ... It is simply who we are and it is our existence that really bothers them."{2} Full Article

The Taliban, the US and the resources of Central Asia

By Peter Symonds

The target of the latest US military aggression in Afghanistan is the Taliban. However, one searches in vain in the extensive media coverage of the "war on terrorism" for any coherent explanation of the origins of this Islamic extremist organisation, its social and ideological base, and its rise to power. The omission is no accident. Any serious examination of the Taliban reveals the culpability of Washington in fostering the current theocratic regime in Kabul. Full Article

Knowledge and Power: Terrorising the Truth

The distortion of the image of Islam in the case of the occupation territories in the Middle East shows us that terrorizing the truth inevitably leads to terrorizing people. It is the powerful who control the discourse on terrorism. They have ensured that the discourse will be in their favor.

Israel, Great Britain and the US are doing everything in their power to stem the growing calls for a world conference on Terrorism Full Article

Are Americans the Victims of a Hoax?

The time has come to stop using the flag as a blindfold, to stop waving our guns and our gods at each other, to take a close look at the facts which have emerged from the attacks on the World Trade Towers and to recognize the very real possibility, indeed probability, that We The People are the victims of a gigantic and deadly hoax.

In a normal terrorist event, the terrorists cannot wait to take credit, in order to link the violence to the socio-political intent of the terrorist organization. Yet the prime suspect in the New York Towers case, ex(?) CIA asset Osama Bin Laden (whose brother is one of George W. Bush's Texas business partners), has issued only two statements regarding the September 11th attacks, and both of those are denials of any involvement. Full Article

U.S. provoked the Soviet Union into invading Afghanistan

Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski about how the US provoked the Soviet Union into invading Afghanistan and starting the whole mess

Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs [From the Shadows], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan six months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?

Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, closely guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention. Full Article

Ex-Vietnamese fighters doubt US will win Afghan conflict

By Philippe Perdriau

HANOI, Oct 24 - Former Vietnamese fighters, who 26 years ago inflicted on US forces their first and worst military defeat, doubt that Washington has the capability or stamina to achieve its goal in Afghanistan.

"This conflict will be extremely difficult and will be totally different from that in Vietnam when the US was fighting alongside the South Vietnamese forces who had a million men," said veteran Lieutenant-Colonel Pham The Hao, now aged 72.

"Even if the American soldiers are better equipped now than they were during the Vietnam War, they are not used to fighting on the ground in mountainous terrain and with difficult weather conditions," the former fighter said. Full Article

U.S. War on Terrorism Reverberates in Philippines

By Rene P. Ciria-Cruz, Pacific News Service

By targeting the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group as part of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network, the U.S. government has boosted the Philippine government's hope of crushing the small, elusive band of terrorists that has seized native and foreign hostages, including American citizens.

Washington, however, may well end up being drawn into a long-smoldering conflict with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) -- a larger, well-organized, better-armed and diplomatically well-connected Muslim secessionist movement that is strategically more worrisome to Philippine authorities.

The first batch of 22 U.S. military advisers from the U.S. Pacific Command is expected to arrive soon in Manila. Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has also permitted overflights of U.S. transport and refueling aircraft. The United States, she said, will also be allowed to use its former military bases in Subic and Clark in the international anti-terrorist drive. Full Article

America Started Warfare. Russia Has Already Lost

By Anatoli Baranov

The whole world has been waiting for this news for several weeks already, but anyway it has became a sensation. The U.S.A. and Great Britain started bombing Afghanistan. After the opinion polls in America showed the expectations of the war gained 6% within the recent week, the act of retribution became inevitable.

The acts of terrorism in the States, despite their horror, were just to the point. America’s incursion in Afghanistan seems to be obvious, without the risk of loss. The movement Taliban is not scared – the U.S. prepared the movement. 50 missiles that were launched during the first attack on Afghanistan can not be compared with 2000 tomahavks, which bombed Yugoslavia; about 20 bombing planes can not be compared to 400-500 aircrafts that took part in the air raid over Belgrade. The Talibs realize that Washington is not planning for its "restricted contingent" to land in the 20-million Afghanistan. "Common Americans" are expecting the marines will land right in the rear of the Islamites. This will surely not happen for such an action would simply kill the American soldiers. Full Article

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