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September 20, 2001

Kim Hill Interview with Robert Fisk

Hill: Can I talk to you about Osama Bin Laden? I donít know whether you are in favour of him becoming public enemy number one at the moment but I do know that you have met him and I wonder if you could give me some kind of insight into, first of all, is he capable of this.

Fisk: Well, Iíve been trying to explain this in my own paper, the London Independent over the last few days and Iím not sure. We havenít actually seen the evidence that directly links him to not just an atrocity but a crime against humanity that took place in New York and Washington. On the other hand, the Afghan connection seems to be fairly strong. Full Article

The End of Innocence

( Joel Rogers ) The first is that our own government, through much of the past fifty years, has been the world's leading "rogue state." Merely listing the plainly illegal or unauthorized uses of force the US was responsible for during the long period of cold war, and continued during the past decade of "purposeless peace"--assassinations, engineered coups, terrorizing police forces, military invasions, "force without war," direct bombings, etc.--would literally take volumes. And behind that list reside the bodies of literally hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of innocents, most of them children, whose lives we have taken without any pretense to justice.

As Amnesty International summarized in the mid-nineties: "Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman, or child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed, or 'disappeared', at the hands of governments or armed political groups. More often than not, the United States shares the blame." Full Article

Why trust Arabs who cloud priorities

( Sam Burnham ) It disturbs me to know that we are not carefull enough in what we say and know concerning the recent and indescriminant attaks by evil people in New York. Some of us seem to think this attack has created some positive outcomes...it has not. Some think America is the first Nation to rush to eveyone's aid... this is only true under very, very, very, selfish circumstances! Some are trying to rationalize the killing of innocent people and equate it to the struggle of black folk...black freedom fighters have nothing in common with these devils, neither would true freedom fighters of any ethnicity. Black people..Where are our priorities??? Full Article

A television show called "Politically Incorrect"

Monday night Bill Maher made a statement that some interpreted as a reference to the U.S. military as cowards.

During the show, Maher had an exchange with conservative author Dinesh D'Souza over what kind of men seized control of four civilian airliners and crashed or attempted to crash them into the Pentagon and New York City's Twin Towers.

D'Souza took issue with repeated references throughout America to the men as "cowards." "Look at what they did," he said. "First of all, you have a whole bunch of guys who are willing to give their life. None of (them) backed out. All of them slammed themselves into pieces of concrete ... These are warriors."

Maher, according to a transcript of the show, responded by saying, "We (the United States) have been cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly."

This is the remark that has landed Maher in hot water. Full Article

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