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Archives from September 2001
What’s Africa Have To Do With The Events of September 11?
Chido Nwangwu
I deliberately raised this question as the caption of this commentary to underscore some points. To be sure, it is not a suggestion of culpability of Africans regarding the September 11 terror but more of a challenge to come to terms with the the interconnectednes...
Bombs in 48 Hours?
Patrick Cockburn And Rupert Cornwell
The Independent The US will strike at Osama bin Laden’s supply bases “in days rather than weeks” a senior opposition leader in northern Afghanistan, in daily contact with Washington, predicted yesterday. Abdullah Abdullah, foreign ministe...
The Pentagon’s Blueprint
Steve Perry
A New Kind of War If you’re mystified as to what U.S. officials envisage when they talk of a long war to be fought on many fronts by many means, you would do well to read what the big boys are reading. The Rosetta Stone for discerning the Bush adminis...
Waiting For the Missiles to Fall
Patrick Cockburn In Panjshir Valley The Independent
People fled their homes in Kabul yesterday fearing a US air attack when they heard Taliban anti-aircraft gunners open fire. It turned out to be a military exercise. The opening of an air offensive is expected to lead to the exodus of hundreds of thousands of refuge...
When Language Fails
John Troyer
In the 17 days since two planes flew into the World Trade Center, a third plane flew into the Pentagon and a fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania, I have read the same story, in different news sources, attempting to create a language that adequately describes the ...
Now for a Note of Good Cheer
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
We’ve been surprised, listening to some friends and acquaintances in Humboldt county, northern California, and up in Portland, Oregon, who say they’re afraid. Afraid of what, we ask. In this case, after that crime against humanity known as the September 11 att...
Backlash and Backtrack
Edward Said
For the seven million Americans who are Muslims (only two million of them Arab) and have lived through the catastrophe and backlash of 11 September, it’s been a harrowing, especially unpleasant time. In addition to the fact that there have been several Arab ...
Waiting for the Real War to Start
Patrick Cockburn
Exploding shells twinkle over a hilltop in northern Afghanistan as opposition soldiers try to show that one day they will have the strength to overthrow the Taliban in Kabul. A line of soldiers advances on the enemy’s position and flushes out a single prisoner. ...
War, Oil and Renewable Energy
Steve Breyman
In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US, citizens have begun to ask “how could this happen?” Among the several complexly twisted roots of the crisis are America and the industrial world’s ongoing and worsening energy insecurit...
All Dressed Up and No Place to Go
Steve Perry
The table is set, at least so far as the tools of war are concerned; enormous quantities of American men, machines, and ordnance now stand ready to strike at any number of potential targets around the Middle East. Any day now is the word from Washington. But meantime ther...
Ridge Scheduled As New Veep
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Before the September 11 attacks, vice president Dick Cheney was set to quit. President George Bush was preparing to nominate Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge as Cheney’s successor. A prominent Philadelphia businessman and close friend of Pennsylvania g...
Taliban Prisoners on Bin Laden
Patrick Cockburn The Independent In The Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan
Jawid smiles nervously as he recounts his escape from a Taliban jail and his flight across the front line to safety in territory held by the Afghan opposition. A taxi driver in Kabul, Jawid, 21, was arrested two weeks ago at a Taliban checkpoint in the city. His cr...
Hitchens at War
Tariq Ali
When Christopher Hitchens supports a Western war he usually concentrates his fire on the ‘enemy’. During the Falklands escapade he wasn’t bothered by the sinking of the Belgrano or other such trivia that ‘liberal twits’ were questioni...
Taliban Prisoners on Bin Laden
Patrick Cockburn The Independent In The Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan
If there is one place on earth where the news of the attacks in America was greeted with total enthusiasm it was among the 300 Taliban prisoners of war held in a jail in the depths of the Panjshir Valley. “To my mind what happened in New York and Washington w...
Why the Attacks May Have “Failed”
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Much airtime and bandwidth has been devoted to the “brilliance” of the elaborately-planned and well-executed September 11 terrorist strikes on New York and Washington. Some of the commentary has sounded almost breathless with admiration for the daring and co-o...
Cashbox Diplomacy
Jeffrey St. Clair And Alexander Cockburn
Bush is Wall Street’s president. His top advisers are all former CEO’s, including Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Don Evans and Paul O’Neill. Thus it’s not surprising that the administration has chosen to build its revenge coalition through a...
Black Tuesday
Pervez Hoodbhoy
Samuel Huntington’s evil desire for a clash between civilizations may well come true after Tuesday’s terror attacks. The crack that divided Muslims everywhere from the rest of the world is no longer a crack. It is a gulf, that if not bridged, will sure...
THE PRICE
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Once a war criminal, once a US senator, now president of the New School, Bob Kerrey joined CNN’s Paula Zahn as for commentary Monday morning. Zahn made chaste reference to Kerrey’s expertise in military affairs. This plunges us straight into the fierce...
The Meaning of bin Laden
Steve Perry
Was it really bin Laden? The question is moot. The U.S. needs a face to put on the enemy as it prepares to retaliate for the suicide bombings of September 11, and he’s our man. The Bush administration announced late Sunday that it would soon release a briefi...
Endless War
Patrick Cockburn The Independent In Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan
On the frontline facing the Taliban north of Kabul yesterday, a plump Afghan artillery officer called Commander Mustapha was expecting the war to worsen in the immediate future. “Either the Talibs will attack again, or we will,” he said cheerfully. Comm...
Terrorism and Nonviolence
Arun Gandhi
“When in despair I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won; there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall.” M.K. Gandhi Understandably, after the tragedy in Ne...
Bring Me the Head of Nostradamus
David Vest
I never know when the phone will ring and it’ll be my old friend, Leon Despair, calling from who knows where. just when I least expect it. This time the phone rang at 2:30 a.m. He had some questions for me, and they couldn’t wait till morning. Leon can...
Hitchens and American Innocence
Vijay Prashad
News from Tashkent, Uzbekistan comes to us that US military aircraft landed at a military airport yesterday. The first installment of bombers is poised to blast Afghanistan from the map, to render the region into the parking lot of Lyndon Johnson’s fantasy. ...
With the Northern Alliance
Patrick Cockburn The Independent
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“Draining the Swamp of Terrorists”
Robert Jensen And Rahul Mahajan
It is odd to hear a U.S. secretary of defense borrow metaphors from Mao Tse-tung during a Washington press briefing. But it is frightening when that metaphor is turned on its head to announce matter-of-factly that the most powerful nation on earth intends t...
The Fate of Reagan’s Freedom Fighters
Jack McCarthy
One of my earliest recollections of Ronald Reagan’s “freedom fighters,” much admired by many in the U.S. press in the early years of Jihad against the secular government of the time, was the hell Alexander Cockburn caught from libs and rads alike...
The Fate of Reagan’s Freedom Fighters
Jack McCarthy
One of my earliest recollections of Ronald Reagan’s “freedom fighters,” much admired by many in the U.S. press in the early years of Jihad against the secular government of the time, was the hell Alexander Cockburn caught from libs and rads alike...
Unlimited War?
Rahul Mahajan And Robert Jensen
For more than a week everyone has been saying that our world changed on Sept. 11. In fact, it was on Sept. 20 that the world changed, the day that George W. Bush spoke to the nation and announced the American jihad “Every nation in every region now has...
A War Prayer
Mark Twain
It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and sputtering; on ...
Bush’s Wars
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
It would not have been hard to improve on President George Bush’s normal listless speaking style and, faced with the great challenge of his speech to the joint session of Congress on Thursday night, the President managed the task capably enough. Reduced to its essen...
A Speech George W. Bush Could Give to the Nation
Doug Morris
Good evening, my fellow Americans. St. Augustine said that “hope has two beautiful daughters: anger and courage. Anger at the way things are, and courage to struggle to create things as they should be.” These acts perpetrated against humanity ...
Myth and Reality
Steven Alan Carr
Myth: September 11th was an act of war Reality: A war involves identifiable nations with ongoing, specific injuries and grievances to which there is no other resolution or redress. As horrific as the events of September 11th were, a tragedy of this magnitu...
Occupation and Resistance
Carl Estabrook
[Note: This was written before the attacks on New York and the Pentagon, but it deals with an issue that is bound up with the attacks and with the war that Washington seems about to loose upon the world. It occurs to me to send it around now because of a report ca...
Law or Vengeance?
Roger Normand
All the elements are in place NOW for an attack against Afghanistan. Carrier-based fighter jets are in position and on alert, heavy bomber squadrons and airborne assault divisions have landed in north Pakistan. An attack may well take place in the dead of night th...
If Bush Were Serious About Wiping Out Terrorism
Derek Bishop
If we want to root out terrorism, then we have to display a leadership that extends beyond our narrow economic and military interests. We funneled billions in military aid to both Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden when it suited US policy to do so. The st...
Faceless Enemies
Adolfo Gilly
There were many thousands, the White House still does not dare say how many, who died in the terrorist attack against the twin towers. They were office workers: not the rich who live in their beautiful neighborhoods, but the employees and workers of the rich, ever...
Bush’s Holy War
Steve Perry
There’s no telling how expansive the first wave of U.S. military strikes will be when they arrive, and no reason to conclude the government really knows yet either. But every sign points toward enthusiasm for waging a war, or wars, of impressive scale indeed...
Falwell Regrets, Robertson Ducks
David Vest
The Rev. Jerry Falwell has apologized for comments in which he and Pat Robertson blamed America, Americans and God for terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Falwell and Robertson’s remarks drew rapid disavowal by the White Hous...
ABSOLUTELY NOTHIN’!
Dave Marsh
Clear Channel radio network issuing a list of 150 “questionable” (i.e., banned) songs to its multitude of programmers in the wake of the terror attacks is far less remarkable than the response to it. I don’t mean Clear Channel’s insi...
Pakistan’s Vise
Vijay Prashad
Pervez Musharraf, Chief Executive of Pakistan, is in a quandary. In October 1999 he overthrew the venal and corrupt regime of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to bring the military back into power after a brief hiatus of bourgeois democracy. But since the constitutiona...
No Time for Cowboy Politics
Michael Ratner
Congress has approved resolutions giving the President 40 billion dollars and open-ended authority to use military force. The Senate and House have authorized him to attack any nation, organization or person involved in or that aided the September 11 terrorist attacks. ...
Cry Havoc
VIJAY PRASHAD
The G-8 statement on Israel’s war on Lebanon puts the onus on Hezbollah. The Europeans are wringing their hands. Mr. Blair begs Mr. Bush to give him leave to mollify public opinion in Britain. Meanwhile, the Syrian ambassador to the US, Imad Mustafa, the Leb...
Blowback Strikes US
Larry Mosqueda
Like all Americans, on Tuesday, 9-11, I was shocked and horrified to watch the WTC Twin Towers attacked by hijacked planes and collapse, resulting in the deaths of perhaps up to 10,000 innocent people. I had not been that shocked and horrified since January...
A Lone Voice of Dissent
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
[This interview with Rep. Barbara Lee was conducted by our friend Davey D, editor of the excellent newsletter on Hip Hop and politics, FNV. Please visit Davey's site and please sign up for his newsletter. ...
Attack Bolsters Nuke Lite Lobby
Jeffrey St. Clair And Alexander Cockburn
Make the desert glow for a thousand years. Wipe them off the face of the Earth. Pulverize them. Such is the unrestrained blood lust that masquerades as military punditry these days. The Washington Times has called on the Bush administration the use of nuclear weap...
A Lone Voice of Dissent
Andy Clarno
Last Tuesday, I was walking down the street with two friends in Gaza City when I got a phone call from my father. His usually calm voice sounded deeply shaken as he told me the news: two airplanes had crashed into the World Trade Center and another into the Pentag...
Dies Non, Not Dies Irae
Gavin Keeney
The extraordinary events of September 11, 2001 will long resonate in the psyche of the world for reasons that transcend politics, religion, and real estate. The current calls to rebuild — bigger, taller, more defiantly — are premature and absurd. ...
Interviewing Chomsky
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Q: Why do you think these attacks happened? Chomksy: To answer the question we must first identify the perpetrators of the crimes. It is generally assumed, plausibly, that their origin is the Middle East region, and that the attacks probably trace back to the Osama...
The Need for Dissent
George Monbiot
If Osama bin Laden did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him. For the past four years, his name has been invoked whenever a US president has sought to increase the defence budget or wriggle out of arms control treaties. He has been used to justify even Pr...
Bringing the War Home
Carl Estabrook
“The chickens come home to roost” –Malcolm X, at the time of the Kennedy assassination. The destruction in New York on September 11 was a great crime, but it is not an excuse for the leaders of the Bush Administration to kill Arabs or Afgh...