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Archives from September 2001
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...
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
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...