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October 29, 2001

The United States is warning the Afghanistan people not to confuse the food packs with bombs. The unexploded cluster bombs are also yellow though smaller in size. The U.S. promises not to drop the food and bombs in the same place next time.

Incidentally the writings on the food packs are in English.

Hidden Agenda Behind War On Terror

By John Pilger

The war against terrorism is a fraud. After three weeks' bombing, not a single terrorist implicated in the attacks on America has been caught or killed in Afghanistan.

Instead, one of the poorest, most stricken nations has been terrorised by the most powerful - to the point where American pilots have run out of dubious "military" targets and are now destroying mud houses, a hospital, Red Cross warehouses, lorries carrying refugees.

Unlike the relentless pictures from New York, we are seeing almost nothing of this. Tony Blair has yet to tell us what the violent death of children - seven in one family - has to do with Osama bin Laden. Full Article

Could Oil be the reason they rushed into this conflict?

A new and potentially explosive Great Game is being set up and few in Britain are aware of it. There are many players: far more than the two - Russia and Britain - who were engaged a century ago in imperial rivalry in central Asia and the north-west Full Article

America's Pipe Dream

By George Monbiot

"Is there any man, is there any woman, let me say any child here", Woodrow Wilson asked a year after the First World War ended, "that does not know that the seed of war in the modern world is industrial and commercial rivalry?". In 1919, as US citizens watched a shredded Europe scraping up its own remains, the answer may well have been no. But the lessons of war never last for long.

The invasion of Afghanistan is certainly a campaign against terrorism, but it may also be a late colonial adventure. British ministers have warned MPs that opposing the war is the moral equivalent of appeasing Hitler, but in some respects our moral choices are closer to those of 1956 than those of 1938. Afghanistan is as indispensable to regional control and the transport of oil in central Asia as Egypt was in the Middle East. Full Article

Why Afghanistan under attack

By Bukka Rennie

Let the truth be told! The Caspian Sea is rich in oil and gas deposits. However, these rich reserves are useless until they can be explored and transported economically.

George Monbiot in an article in the Guardian titled "America's pipe dream", argues that the only route that makes political and economic sense is via Afghanistan. In fact Monbiot surmises that "Afghanistan is as indispensable to the regional control and transport of oil and gas in Central Asia as Egypt is to the Middle East." Full Article

Whos Being Nave?

By Tim Wise

To hear those who support the current air assault on Afghanistan tell it, those of us who doubt the likely efficacy of such a campaign, and who question its fundamental morality are not only insufficiently patriotic but dangerously naive. Lampooning the left for adhering to such ostensibly simplistic slogans as "violence begets violence," these self-proclaimed pragmatists insist that sometimes massive force is necessary and that in the case of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, little else could possibly serve to diminish the threat of terrorist attack. Full Article

CIA Licensed to kill ... again

By Derek Brown Guardian UK

Twenty years after the CIA was formally banned from killing America's enemies, President George Bush has given it the go-ahead to eliminate Osama bin Laden and his followers.

The ban on covert executions is still, theoretically, in force. Executive Order 12333 of 1981 explicitly prohibits the agency from taking part, directly or indirectly, in assassinations.

Now, according to reports in Washington, the president has decided that the general ban on assassinations need not apply to particular terrorist or terror group. Full Article

Politicians do it. Terrorists do it. Let's all exaggerate

By Peter Preston The Guardian

Small but naggingly necessary questions. Why can't the Ernst Stavro Blofelds of the 21st century spell? Why does the mad anthrax chemist who shivers our timbers think, in his note to Senator Daschle, that "penicillin" is spelt "penacilin"? And could he write "exaggeration" without reaching for a dictionary?

Or consider Osama bin Laden. He is bent on "biological, chemical and even nuclear" attacks. (The prime minister tells us so, invoking moral duties to stiffen sinews.) He runs a hi-tech network of terror 30,000 strong and flush with funds. We have to go to "war" to stop him. And yet, over 10 years, the headline results are low-tech and disproportionately puny. Two East Africa bombs in 1998 which killed 224; the attack on the USS Cole with 17 victims; and September 11. Full Article

Send them All Back

By Dr. William Pierce

A friend in New York has sent me a collection of New York newspapers with stories about the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center. I've scanned at least 20 issues of the New York Times, the New York Post, and the Daily News from the past six weeks. I wasn't paying much attention to the repetitious stories about how many thousands of tons of rubble had been removed or how many bodies had been recovered. Instead I was trying just to capture the flavor of the party line being fed to the public by the media in New York, which is pretty much the same flavor as that of the party line being fed to the rest of the country, except perhaps a little stronger. Full Article

The 29th covered so many issues we transferred some to the 30th