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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...