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Archives from October 2001
Sex Not Bombs
Dr. Susan Block
It’s been a month since America was attacked, and though most of the ashes have gone to dust, for the most part, the terror has not. If anything, it has increased and multiplied into a complex network of fears, phobias, anxieties, questions. Who did this to ...
War Without Frontiers
Steve Perry
We’re promised a new kind of war, but the first blows struck at Afghanistan last week had a decidedly familiar ring. The spectacle was wholly reminiscent of the Gulf War in its air strikes, levied without American casualties and accompanied by carefully chos...
The Battle for Mazar-i-Sharif Gets Nasty
Patrick Cockburn
Fighting raged around Mazar-i-Sharif when the Afghan opposition advanced on the strategic northern city for the first time, aided by American bombers pounding Taliban frontline positions. If the city falls, then the Taliban position to the north of the country, whe...
US Planes Pound Taliban Troops
Patrick Cockburn
The son of Mullah Mohammed Omar, the leader of the Taliban, has been killed by an American air strike. An Afghan doctor said yesterday that he had struggled in vain to save the life of the boy, aged 10, after the child was injured during the first night of strikes ...
New Anti-Terrorism Law Poses Old Risks
Peter Swire
The Uniting and Strengthening America Act of 2001, expected to be signed by President Bush this week, will give our government important new surveillance powers to fight terrorism. Unfortunately, the USA Act does not make sure that these expanded powers won...
War American Style
John Pilger
The Anglo-American attack on Afghanistan crosses new boundaries. It means that America’s economic wars are now backed by the perpetual threat of military attack on any country, without legal pretence. It is also the first to endanger populations at home. The...
The Battle of Mazar-i-Sharif
Patrick Cockburn In Panjshir Valley The Independent
The military forces of Afghanistan’s opposition Northern Alliance have advanced close to the key strategic city of Mazar-i-Sharif, an opposition official said yesterday. An offensive led by General Rashid Dostum, an Uzbek warlord who once ruled the city, had ...
Criminal Bombing
Carl Estabrook
The Bush administration has answered the crimes of September 11 with crimes of its own, potentially greater in scale. Launching a war on Afghanistan and killing poor people whom we do not know, because people we do know have been killed, is not only cowardly and v...
Northern Alliance Attacks US War Plan
Patrick Cockburn In Jabal Saraj The Independent
Opposition forces in Afghanistan criticised the US air strikes for not bombing the Taliban frontline where most of the ruling movement’s soldiers are now dug in after leaving the cities. The complaint came amid reports that opposition fighters have suffered a...
A Non-Western Voice on the War
Irina Malenko
“Non-Westerners of the world, unite!” Since the 11th of September events in America the media are full of condemnation and condolences. What I had hoped them to be full of, was the simple question: “Why?” Because without asking this questio...
US Bombs Northern Alliance
Patrick Cockburn In Bagram The Independent
The first American air raids on the Taliban front line north of Kabul missed their targets and dropped bombs close to the positions of their anti-Taliban allies at Bagram airport. “The bombs were not on target,” said Elyas, a diminutive soldier fighting...
The Roots of Conflict
Umberto Eco
All the religious wars that have caused blood to be shed for centuries arise from passionate feelings and facile counter-positions, such as Us and Them, good and bad, white and black. If western culture is shown to be rich it is because, even before the Enlightenm...
US Planes Pound Taliban Troops
Patrick Cockburn In Panjshir Valley The Independent
Taliban troop concentrations in northern Afghanistan became a target of American air strikes for the first time yesterday in what appeared to signal a shift in strategy towards the Northern Alliance. Washington and London continued to insist the Alliance would not ...
The Phoney War Will Get Real Very Soon
Patrick Cockburn In Panjshir Valley The Independent
American warplanes pounded Kabul, the Afghan capital, and a military base in the eastern city of Jalalabad yesterday as the air war against the Taliban and Osama bin Laden entered its second week. But the soldiers who mill about in the villages behind the oppositio...
War on America:
Molly Secours
It’s getting more and more difficult these days for Americans to differentiate between reality and fantasy. It’s no surprise really. In the midst of successful shows like “Survivor” and “Big Brother”, the events of September 11t...
Letters to Editors
Carl Estabrook
What follows are a series of letters I sent to my local, remarkably rightwing, paper in Champaign/Urbana. [01.09.29] One of the worst lies offered by pundits and professors since the atrocities of September 11 is the insistence that any attempt to un...
War is only a secondary concern in a village that keeps being invaded
Patrick Cockburn
It is a strange battlefield. The front line cuts across the green Shomali plain, one of the most fertile parts of Afghanistan, its fields fed by the rivers flowing out of the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains. Here, amid the close-packed mud-brick villages, hom...
Clash of Civilizations? Think Again
Marwan Bishara
As the war begins in Afghanistan, you can expect straight talk from Republicans. And they are telling you: Islam is not America’s enemy. While targeting Taliban regime with missiles, the Bush administration is showering the principal Islamic powers surroundi...
They Should Be Tried in Court
Imran Khan
Everyone heaved a sigh of relief when there was restraint shown by the US and George Bush acknowledged that this is a “different type of war”. And then the US embarked on a conventional war by bombing Afghanistan. By doing so it may have played...
Can War Save the Economy?
Alexander Cockburn
No, the new war on terror isn’t going to be of much use in combating the present plunge in America’s economic well being. Well before the Twin Towers fell to earth the country was entering a fierce decline, and it is assuredly going to get worse. The f...
War in a Passive Voice
Vijay Prashad
The bombing has begun. Kabul is being bombed. So say the television anchors and the newspapers – all in passive voice, all with an air of inevitability. I can hear whispers from my neighbors: finally, it is here, and I hope it goes away soon. We don&#...
Former US Ambassador to Iraq Calls US War Plan “Dumb”
CNN CROSSFIRE
America Strikes Back: Should the U.S. Target Iraq? Aired October 8, 2001 – 19:30 ET Guests, the former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Edward Peck, and retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Robert Maginnis. BILL PRESS: AmbassadorWe know Osama bin Laden...
Earth Is Our Homeland
Tom Turnipseed
Continuous television news hypes the “War on Terrorism” like it’s a big ball game we can win if we can only destroy enough of “the enemy” and their “targets” as we unleash our sophisticated, hi-tech, destroy-and-kill milit...
Alliance Calls for Bombing of Taliban Troops
Patrick Cockburn In The Panjshir Valley The Independent
In the front line at Bagram airport north of Kabul, General Babajan, a veteran opposition commander, is laying plans for the capture of the Taliban positions overlooking the runway as soon as they have been softened up by US bombers. General Babajan, a confident, ...
Return to Normal, You Say?
John Troyer
While I was thinking about a column topic for today, a friend of mine suggested I write about something, anything other than the events related to Sept. 11. People are tired of hearing about it, she said; write something funny. My friend’s comments re...