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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...
Best Point the Way - On the 100th anniversary of the Nobel
prize, 100 Nobel laureates warn that our security hangs on environmental
and social reform.
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,....
and Echoes by Robin Morgan
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...
'duped' into attack on convoy
By Kim Sengupta in Kabul
24 December 2001
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.
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.
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
Algebra of Infinite Justice by Arundhati Roy
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...
Ariel Dorfman (Chilean Author)
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....
to Senators by
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....
terrible conflict is the last colonial war by Robert
used to make the same expressions of grief when his gunmen murdered
04 December 2001
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
War for Oil Subtext in Afghanistan by Fran Shor
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....
is Terrorism? by
is in response to Matt Welchs 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.....
Special Forces Sgt. Stan Goff on September 11
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....
WAR PRAYER by Mark Twain
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;...
Ring to the Unimaginable By John Pilger
If the attacks on America have their source in the Islamic world, who
can really be surprised?
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.
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....
OUT THERE HAVE A "DISTASTE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION AND CULTURAL
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
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....
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....
Laden, A Creature of the CIA Diario de Hoy, El Salvador
they were allied. Now documents and witnesses reveal some of the bonds
that united them.
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",...
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?"....
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....
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....
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
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....
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...
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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"...