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Archives from October 2001
Unleashing the CIA?
William Blum
The old joke goes that in the waning days of the Second World War, when Hitler was told of yet another defeat on the battlefield, he slammed his fist into his desk and declared: “That does it! No more Mr. Nice Guy!” We’ve been treated in t...
Terrorize the Poor, Subsidize the Rich
Tom Turnipseed
Haziza, a 12 year old girl from Kabul, Afghanistan, helped find her mother and baby brother dead in the rubble of their home on the first night of the U.S. bombing in early October. In the N.Y. Times on October 30, from Peshawar, Pakistan, Barry Bearak rep...
If We Really Want to Stimulate the Economy
Maud Hurd
If we really want to stimulate our economy, we should put money in the hands of the people most likely to spend it. Economists from Paul Krugman to James K. Galbraith to Joseph Stiglitz agree, but this is exactly what the bill passed by the House of Representatives on las...
War on Terror As Bad As War on Drugs
Rep. Ron Paul
I would like to draw an analogy between the drug war and the war against terrorism. In the last 30 years, we have spent hundreds of billions of dollars on a failed war on drugs. This war has been used as an excuse to attack our liberties and privacy. It has been a...
Atomic Trains Grounded
Jeffrey St. Clair And Alexander Cockburn
For years environmentalists have warned that shipping high-level nuclear waste across the country on rails or highways was a program fraught with peril. They pointed to the near certainty that eventually a train would derail or a truck would crash, spilling radioa...
The Silent Genocide
Steve Perry
As the U.S. launches its fourth week of gaudy, largely fruitless air strikes in Afghanistan, the echoes of the Gulf War a decade ago become plainer and plainer. Once again the Pentagon is releasing carefully vetted footage of aerial bombardments and the networks a...
A Letter to Colin Powell
Ali Abunimah
Dear Secretary Powell, Even as the people of Bethlehem and Beit Jala mourn their freshly buried mothers, fathers and children killed by the Israeli occupation forces in vengeance for the targeted killing two weeks ago of Israeli cabinet minister and ethnic ...
Flying Blind, The Problem with the Predator
Jeffrey St. Clair
Few things are as predicatable as the excited bleats of Pentagon flacks touting the killing efficacy of new weapons systems every time the US begins a military operation. During the Gulf War, the press was dazzled with reports of smart bombs and Scud-blasting Patr...
We’re All Afghans Now
Dr. Susan Block
When the bombing began, I was cooling my spiked heels, sitting tight on the frontlines of the New War on Terrorism in a 747 bound for glory, devastation or Frankfurt airport, steeling myself to actually use one of those lethally sharp high heels as a weapon, shoul...
Toward the Terrorist Anti-World
Francis A. Beer
We have all watched in horror as hijackings, building implosions, and anthrax incidents have intruded into our comfortable world. These events have involved countless individual tragedies, including the victims themselves, their families, friends, and associates. ...
Germany’s Green Police State
Tariq Ali
At 7am, on 29 October I was arrested at the Munich airport. After a day of interviews and book-signings and another two spent at a Goethe Institute seminar (on ‘Islam and the Crisis’), I was exhausted and desperate for a cup of coffee. I checked in. So...
The Left and The Just War
Alexander Cockburn
The left is getting itself tied up in knots about the Just War and the propriety of bombing Afghanistan. I suspect some are intimidated by laptop bombardiers and kindred bullyboys handing out white feathers and snarl...
Nukes on the Loose
David Krieger
The images of the hijacked planes crashing into the World Trade Center are nightmare images of unspeakable horror that will forever be a part of our reality. Imagine, however, another nightmare — that of a mushroom cloud rising over an American city. This is...
Genocide Scholar “Silenced” on Academic List For Comments About Bombing of Afghanistan
CounterPunch Wire
Genocide scholar Adam Jones claims he has been “silenced” on H-Genocide, an academic mailing list for the genocide-studies community, after attempting to post materials and commentary on the U.S.-led military campaign against Afghanistan. Jones,...
The Turner Diaries and 9/11
Jack McCarthy
The post-September 11th guessing game rages on. Did the U.S. government know beforehand that the World Trade Center would be attacked? Who is responsible for delivering unsolicited anthrax mail? I recently bumped into my old Iranian friend A...
The Hidden Agenda of the War on Terror
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 terrorized by the most ...
What It Means to be Against the War
Norman Madarasz
War is one of the great privileges of civilization, quite characteristic of our own. It’s a moment to join together in a group celebration in which deep passions are allowed to arise, the clearest of which is hate itself. War is a time for displays of master...
Why I Opposed the Anti-Terrorism Bill
Senator Russ Feingold
This has been a tragic time in our country. Before I discuss this bill, let me first pause to remember, through one small story, how September 11th has irrevocably changed so many lives. In a letter to The Washington Post recently, a man wrote that as he went jogg...
Brzezinski On “Moscow’s Illusions”
Marina Kalashnikova Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Nezavisimaya Gazeta [On October 24, Marina Kalashnikova interviewed Zbigniew Brzenzinski, National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter and the original patron of the Mujahideen, for the Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta. The interview was little noticed in the US,...
Terrorism, a Definitive History
Richard Manning
“Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and...
A Way Out of the Middle East Impasse
Edward Said
With the bombs and missiles falling on Afghanistan in the high-altitude US destruction that is Operation Enduring Freedom, the Palestine question may seem tangential to the altogether more urgent events in Central Asia. It would be a mistake to think so — and not ju...
Poisoning the Well
Rahul Mahajan
The first principle of humanitarian relief is that it be impartial, that aid be given on the basis of need without any consideration of political agendas. The United States government, the same government that aroused international execration by using Red Cross mar...
Put the War to a Vote
John Troyer
A letter to the editor in the Daily Minnesotan (“Left lacks leadership”) took issue with my persistent criticism of the loosely defined, endless U.S. war on international terrorism. The letter’s author also suggested the radical left (a category ...
Terrible Images of a "Just" War
Richard Lloyd Parry In Quetta, Pakistan The Independent
Sami Ullah was asleep when it happened, and so his friends and neighbours had to tell him about the bomb that struck his house and what it did to him and his family. How the American planes, which had been over earlier in the evening, had returned after everyone went to b...
Hiroshima to New York
N.D. Jayaprakash
The terrorist assault on various targets in the United States of America on 11th September 2001 is an extremely cowardly act that deserves to be condemned in no uncertain terms. The tragic loss of life resulting from the dastardly act is a reminder of the fact tha...
Mission Accomplished?
Ghassan Andoni
Finally Israel declared the objectives of its invasion of the Palestinian “A” territories. To arrest the ones who killed Minster Zeivi, to kill Palestinian “terrorists, to arrest as many as they can, to prevent “terrorists” from movin...
Memo to Ashcroft
Evan P. Schultz Legal Times
Long before John Ashcroft became attorney general, John Marshall was chief justice of the United States. His most famous opinion was Marbury v. Madison. And in that 1803 opinion, Marshall wrote something that goes to the core of American law: “The very essence of ci...
The New War Against Terror
Noam Chomsky
[Transcribed from audio recorded during Chomsky's talk at The Technology & Culture Forum at MIT] Everyone knows it’s the TV people who run the world [crowd laugher]. I just got orders that I’m supposed to be here, not there. Well the last ...
Cashing In On Patriotism
Sarah Turner
In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, Madison Avenue wasted little time devising ways to draw customers to their products. Some of these efforts have bordered on the unseemly. United Airlines is running a commercial about a firefighter who boarded a r...
Radioactive Mail
Michael Colby
For fifty years the purveyors of irradiation have been looking for a purpose. It all began, of course, in the 1950s under President Eisenhower’s Atomic Energy Commission, specifically its “Atoms for Peace” program. The U.S. was awash in nuclear w...
Assault on the Bio-Weapons Convention
The Sunshine Project
Even as its citizens suffer through the greatest biological weapons scare of modern times, and perhaps ever, the United States is promoting a plan to undermine international controls on biological weapons. The proposals come four weeks before a major UN meeting to...
The Meridia Manifesto
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The undersigned, university professors from different Latin American countries and participants in the First Latin American Colloquium on Interpretive Systemology carried out in M?rida Venezuela (October 1-4, 2001), consider of primal importance to let know systems thinke...
Afghanistan, War and Oil
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 ...
Life on the West Bank During Wartime
Lori A. Allen
RAMALLAH: For the last three days I have spent much of my time doing one of three things: first, I have been watching Bethlehem Television as the lines of breaking news flashed on the screen (We announce the death of ….; Citizens: beware when walking in the ...
The Cipro Bailout
Steve Perry
In the past week the government has toiled ceaselessly to assure a restive public that the bioterror threat is under control, even as our elected representatives were lighting out for the territories at the first sign of anthrax spores on Capitol Hill. But never f...
War on the Poor
Tom Turnipseed
This week the U.S. House of Representatives will take up an economic stimulus package that indicates just how much the House has sold out to the big corporate and wealthy interests at the expense of poor and working class people. It is class warfare. According to ...
Advice from a Vietnam Vet
Dr. Shepherd Bliss
I come from a fighting family. We gave our name to Ft. Bliss, Texas. I enlisted and became on officer in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. When you kill someone, it is forever. They die, but the killing continues–inside you. When your nation kills people,...
Welcome to Web Hell
David Vest
Practically every major mainstream web site I like to visit has gotten significantly worse over the past few months. By worse I mean slower, uglier, more cumbersome, more likely to be down, and more intrusive. Even trusty old Yahoo, long known for sp...
War on the Poor
Hamit Dardagan
Humanitarian assistance=We bomb you. (Have a nice day.) Restraint=We bomb you when we are good and ready. The War Against Terrorism (TWAT)=Terrorism Against The Afghans (TATA) Our vengeance=Retribution Their vengeance=Vengeance ...
Stifling Dissent on Campus
Robert Jensen
Based on the mail of the past month, a lot of people still want me fired from my teaching position at the University of Texas for my antiwar writings in the aftermath of Sept. 11. Many accuse me of being “anti-American,” but ironically it is the...
The Home Front
David Vest
Suppose the president of the United States announced that terrorists had targeted and stalked 1 million American victims over the past twelve months, with the intention of isolating and attacking them, not all together in big buildings, but one at a time. Suppose...
Capital Strikes Back
Hani Shukrallah
Berlusconi apologised; Bush forswore a Crusade (even in “the broad sense of the word”); the war in defence of “Western civilisation” was toned down to a war in defence of freedom for everybody; and Infinite Justice became Enduring Freedom. ...
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s Interview with Al Jezeera
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
(Interview with Al Jezeera) Q: I’ll start in Arabic introducing you – Secretary Rumsfeld, thank you very much for letting us, giving us this opportunity. Let me start first with the question that of course any journalist in Washington would a...
Bush’s Palestinian State
Mohamed Sid-Ahmed
A few days before the war against Bin Laden broke out, President Bush announced that “the idea of a Palestinian state has always been part of the US vision in the Middle East, as long as the right of Israel to exist is respected.” According to the New...
Nuclear Anxiety
Mark Scaramella
On September 11, 2001 the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a press release entitled “NRC URGES INCREASED SECURITY” which reads, “The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, purely as a precaution, has recommended that all nuclear power plants, non-...
Imagine There’s No Unity
Lee Ballinger And Dave Marsh
“United We Stand,” America’s ever-present new slogan, does have a ring of truth. Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine put it best four days after the September 11 attacks. “Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to all the people a...
3 Arguments Against This War
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Unspeakable acts of violence were committed on September 11. The perpetrators of the horrific attack of September 11 must be brought to justice, using the instruments of domestic and international law. The unconscionable slaughter demands prosecution. But b...
The CIA and Anthrax
Douglas Valentine
As everyone is aware by now, the anthrax postal attacks began on 4 October in Florida, when a photo editor at a Boca Raton tabloid inhaled the bacteria form of anthrax, and died. His was the first such death in the US since 1976. Two other Sun employees also were ...
The Anthrax Chronicles
Steve Perry
The U.S. Congress headed for the hills on Wednesday after it was reported that the anthrax sample received at Senator Tom Daschle’s office on Monday may have gotten into the ventilation system of the Senate’s Hart Office Building. By mid-morning Wednes...
Operation Infinite Disaster
Chris Kromm
President Bush’s war planners have struggled to find a fitting code name for our latest military venture. But after a week of war, there’s only one appropriate label for the nightmare that has transpired: Operation Infinite Disaster. Leave aside...