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The innocent dead in a coward's war - Estimates suggest US bombs have killed at least 3,767 civilians; Seumas Milne; Thursday December 20, 2001; The Guardian...


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Why Do They Hate Us?
by Joseph Jenkins

A lady emailed me recently from New York City saying she now lives in terror, frustration, and anger, and cries every day after the tragic and ruthless bombings that occurred there. Perhaps she may now be able to empathize with the women of Baghdad, where the United States did not drop two bombs on two buildings. In 1991, under George Bush, it bombed the city relentlessly for six weeks,....


Ghosts and Echoes by Robin Morgan

Today was Day 8. Incredibly, a week has passed. Abnormal normalcy has settled in. Our usually contentious mayor (previously bad news for New Yorkers of color and for artists) has risen to this moment with efficiency, compassion, real leadership. The city is alive and dynamic...


Americans 'duped' into attack on convoy
By Kim Sengupta in Kabul
24 December 2001

A tale of tribal treachery, Arab mercenaries and how the Americans may have been used to settle an Afghan blood feud emerged yesterday behind the bombing of a convoy that left up to 60 people dead and 40 injured.

The killings threatened to cast a shadow over the new interim government of Hamid Karzai, who took office on Saturday. The casualties were said to be on their way to Kabul from the eastern province of Paktia for the inauguration when they were attacked by US Air Force AC-130 gunships and Navy jets....



Published on Sunday, December 23, 2001 in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune
To Make Amends for Errant Bombs
by David Corn
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "We mourn every civilian death," Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said at a recent Pentagon briefing, responding to news reports that scores of Afghan civilians were killed by U.S. bombs in villages near Tora Bora. Rumsfeld then discounted those reports as mere "Taliban accusations," even though they had been based on the accounts of local anti-Taliban officials (who were working with American forces), civilian eyewitnesses and actual victims. U.S. regret met U.S. denial.

In the end, even if that regret is sincere, what use is it to those who have lost family members, limbs or homes to U.S. bombs? If Washington truly cares about innocent people killed by its weaponry in Afghanistan, it needs to forthrightly acknowledge the damage done and offer compensation....



The FBI's House Calls - Un-American On A Stairmaster
by Emil Guillermo; Published on Tuesday, December 18, 2001 by San Francisco Chronicle...


The Algebra of Infinite Justice by Arundhati Roy

In the aftermath of the unconscionable September 11 suicide attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Centre, an American newscaster said: "Good and evil rarely manifest themselves as clearly as they did last Tuesday. People who we don't know massacred people who we do. And they did so with contemptuous glee." Then he broke down and wept....



The Taliban of the West This War is Threatening the Very Freedoms It Claims to be Defending; by George Monbiot; Published on Tuesday, December 18, 2001 in the Guardian of London...


By Ariel Dorfman (Chilean Author)

I have been through this before. During the last twenty-eight years, Tuesday September 11th has been a date of mourning, for me and millions of others, ever since that day in 1973 when Chile lost its democracy in a military coup, that day when death irrevocably entered our lives and changed us forever. And now, almost three decades later, the malignant gods of random history have wanted to impose upon another country that dreadful date, again a Tuesday, once again an 11th of September filled with death. The differences and distances that separate the Chilean date from the American are, one must admit, considerable....


Letter to Senators by Theodore Kneupper

I am deeply concerned about several things related to the conduct of the "War On Terror."


First, the Attorney General's authorizing the arrest of thousands of
‘suspects' without any evidence or cause other than their being of Middle Eastern origin, along with their continued internment without cause, is a grave violation of one of the most important principles at the basis of our form of government....


This terrible conflict is the last colonial war by Robert Fisk

'Arafat used to make the same expressions of grief when his gunmen murdered innocent Lebanese'
04 December 2001

Can Ariel Sharon control his own people? Can he control his army? Can he stop them from killing children, leaving booby traps in orchards or firing tank shells into refugee camps? Can Sharon stop his rabble of an army from destroying hundreds of Palestinian refugee homes in Gaza? Can Sharon "crack down" on Jewish settlers and prevent them from stealing more land from Palestinians? Can he stop his secret-service killers from murdering their Palestinian enemies – or carrying out " targeted killings", as the BBC was still gutlessly calling these executions yesterday in its effort to avoid Israeli criticism...


The War for Oil Subtext in Afghanistan by Fran Shor

A recent article in the "Washington Post" provided a brief but revealing portrait of the role of US Special Forces in Afghanistan. The story was not about searching out Bin Laden and his followers in the caves of Afghanistan. Instead, the "Post" reported on a US Special Forces operation aimed at interdicting and destroying Iranian oil shipments to Afghan cities. According to the report, the trucks carrying the oil were destroyed by the camouflaged and goggled-eyed soldiers. Shouting "terrorists" at the frightened Iranian truck-drivers, the Special Forces handcuffed the drivers and led them away from where the trucks were then blown to bits. Although not harmed physically, the Iranians were completely baffled by why they were targets of such an attack, especially given the alleged civilian customers....


What is Terrorism? by Joseph Jenkins

This is in response to Matt Welch’s op-ed piece of November 7th: “In Wartime, Hold the Hyperbole,” in which Mr. Welch states that “The US bombing campaign is not ‘terrorism’,” and “In the time of war, when truth and accuracy mean life and death, these phrases of equivalence are simply immoral.” He finally summed up his essay by saying, “Debate and support on the home front will be more crucial than we can currently imagine. The least we can do is begin calling things by their proper names.”....


Former Special Forces Sgt. Stan Goff on September 11

I'm a retired Special Forces Master Sergeant. That doesn't cut much for those who will only accept the opinions of former officers on militar matters, since we enlisted swine are assumed to be incapable of grasping the nuances of doctrine. But I wasn't just in the army, I studied and taught military science and doctrine. I was a tactics instructor at the Jungle Operations Training Center in Panama, and I taught Military Science at West Point. And contrary to the popular image of what Special Forces does, SF's mission is to teach. We offer advice and assistance to foreign forces. That's everything from teaching marksmanship to a private to instructing a Battalion staff on how to coordinate effective air operations with a sister service....


THE WAR PRAYER by 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 every hand and far down the receding and fading spreads of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue, gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by;...


Inevitable Ring to the Unimaginable By John Pilger


If the attacks on America have their source in the Islamic world, who can really be surprised?

Two days earlier, eight people were killed in southern Iraq when British and American planes bombed civilian areas. To my knowledge, not a word appeared in the mainstream media in Britain.

An estimated 200,000 Iraqis, according to the Health Education Trust in London, died during and in the immediate aftermath of the slaughter known as the Gulf War....


FOLKS OUT THERE HAVE A "DISTASTE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION AND CULTURAL VALUES
by Edward S. Herman


One of the most durable features of the U.S. culture is the inability or refusal to recognize U.S. crimes. The media have long been calling for the Japanese and Germans to admit guilt, apologize, and pay reparations. But the idea that this country has committed huge crimes, and that current events such as the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks may be rooted in responses to those crimes, is close to inadmissible. Editorializing on the recent attacks ("The National Defense," Sept. 12), the New York Times does give a bit of weight to the end of the Cold War and consequent "resurgent of ethnic hatreds," but that the United States and other NATO powers contributed to that resurgence by their own actions (e.g., helping dismantle the Soviet Union and pressing Russian "reform"; positively encouraging Slovenian and Croatian exit from ....



The Belly to do What Needs to be Done By Tamim Ansary


I've been hearing a lot of talk about "bombing Afghanistan back to the Stone Age." Ronn Owens, on KGO Talk Radio today, allowed that this would mean killing innocent people, people who had nothing to do with this atrocity, but "we're at war, we have to accept collateral damage. What else can we do?" Minutes later I heard some TV pundit discussing whether we "have the belly to do what must be done."

And I thought about the issues being raised especially hard because I am from Afghanistan, and even though I've lived here for 35 years I've never lost track of what's going on there. So I want to tell anyone who will listen how it all looks from where I'm standing....


Blowback!

By Jeff Sommers

In CIA parlance missions that are “successful” create backlashes. The CIA aptly calls this “Blowback.”

At the end of WW II the US took empire from a weakened Britain and France. Among the first casualties was East Europe, which was sacrificed on the mantle of superpower relations. That same deal between superpowers saw Greece put down by England and the US, with Soviet compliance. The Soviets and the West also concluded that the people of both their respective spheres would be put down if necessary in the interests of “stability.” Democracy on both sides of the Cold War divide was shelved....


Bin Laden, A Creature of the CIA Diario de Hoy, El Salvador

Once they were allied. Now documents and witnesses reveal some of the bonds that united them.

Osama bin Laden is "a creature" of the United States Central Intelligence Agency, according to an analyst, who knows the complexity of the case. Nicaraguan political analyst and sociologist Oscar René Vargas, is convinced that Bin Laden was trained by the CIA to face the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, and later supported the CIA in financing of the "Nicaraguan Contras",...


Barbara Kingsolver

MY DAUGHTER came home from kindergarten and announced, "Tomorrow we all have to wear red, white and blue." "Why?" I asked, trying not to sound wary. "For all the people that died when the airplanes hit the buildings." I fear the sound of saber-rattling, dread that not just my taxes but even my children are being dragged to the cause of death in the wake of death. I asked quietly, "Why not wear black, then? Why the colors of the flag, what does that mean?"....


Condemnation Without Absolutes BY STANLEY FISH


CHICAGO -- During the interval between the terrorist attacks and the United States response, a reporter called to ask me if the events of Sept. 11 meant the end of postmodernist relativism. It seemed bizarre that events so serious would be linked causally with a rarefied form of academic talk. But in the days that followed, a growing....


Taking Care of Business By PAUL KRUGMAN


Cynics tell us that money has completely corrupted our politics, that in the last election big corporations basically bought themselves a government that will serve their interests. Several related events last week suggest that the cynics have a point....


Health Alert - CIPRO TIMELY INFORMATION FROM Ellie Rudolph


PFPC: Health Alert - CIPRO This also appears in the Fluoride section of the webpage http://www.penweb.org/fluoride/index.html

October 21, 2001

Dear All,

Two months ago we reported on the withdrawal of Bayer's BAYCOL (Cerivastatin), a fluorinated drug (statin class) which had caused deaths and serious adverse health effects worldwide (1,2,3).

BAYCOL had been found to cause muscle destruction/wasting - a condition known as rhabdomyolysis - and displayed compounded toxicity when used with other drugs. It had been linked to at least 31 deaths....


Thoughts in the Presence of Fear by Wendell Berry


I. The time will soon come when we will not be able to remember the horrors of September 11 without remembering also the unquestioning technological and economic optimism that ended on that day.

II. This optimism rested on the proposition that we were living in a "new world order" and a "new economy" that would "grow" on and on, bringing a prosperity of which every...


Healing Our World Entire book online! "Mary Ruwart has written what may be the most important book of this decade... It will challenge everything you think you know about how we can accomplish our goals of growth and prosperity as a nation of individuals." (Joseph Terrano, Visions Magazine)...


"First Writing Since" by Suheir Hammad; September 25, 2001; This powerful piece is from Suheir Hammad. Suheir is the author of "Born Palestinian, Born Black" and other books. She calls its simply "first writing since"...

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