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hydrarchist writes: "Robert Fisk's latest, from the London Independent 10/09/2001

'The Taliban have kept reporters out; does that mean we have to
balance this distorted picture with our own half-truths?'

09 October 2001

A few months ago, my old friend Tom Friedman set off for the small
Gulf emirate of Qatar, from where, in one of his messianic columns for The New York Times, he informed us that the tiny state's Al-Jazeera satellite channel was a welcome sign that democracy might be coming to the Middle East. Al-Jazeera had been upsetting some of the local Arab dictators – President Mubarak of Egypt for one – and Tom thought this a good idea. So do I. But hold everything. The story is being rewritten. Last week, US Secretary of
State Colin Powell rapped the Emir of Qatar over the knuckles
because – so he claimed – Al-Jazeera was "inciting

Here's an earlier chapter in the untiring efforts of the U.S. government to bring
freedom and prosperity to the Afghan people:


National Security Adviser in the Carter Administration

Q: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs
["From the Shadows"], that American intelligence services began to aid
the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention.
In this period you were the national security adviser to President
Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?

Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA
aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the
Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality,
secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was
July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for
secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And
that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to
him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military

Q: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But
perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into war and looked to
provoke it?

B: It isn't quite that. We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but
we knowingly increased the probability that they would.

Anonymous Comrade writes: "The Independent (UK) is reporting that Yasser Arafat has sent a message to Washington "expressing full support for
the US military actions and disassociating the Palestinians from Mr
bin Laden." Arafat and other Palestinian officials are upset at bin Laden's attempt to "hi-jack" the Palestinian cause.

"[Palestinian Authority] security forces can be expected to try hard to
control demonstrations that might be held against the bombing for
fear television cameras will catch damning footage of Palestinians
expressing support for the man suspected of being behind the
September attacks.""

News outlets everywhere are reporting that air strikes have begun in Kabul and Kandahar. First reports are that the targets are "terrorist bases" and anti-aircraft instalations.

Please post any updates and commentary by clicking the post comments link below.

we first put this up on 9/18. With the war having started today, I thought it was important enough to repost to the front page.--nomadlab


By Manny Goldstein

Take a close look and there is something downright suspicious about former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, now the darling of certain sectors of the radical left. His journey has taken him from the heights of federal power to outer orbits of the political fringe. In the process, he has seemingly transformed from a shill for the most corrupt elements of the US elites to a shill for any foreign despot who claims to oppose the US elites. Who is Ramsey Clark really working for?

CESR writes:

"The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) has produced two emergency fact sheets that provide a summary of current conditions for the general Afghan population and a brief history of Afghanistan, including the US' past involvement. The fact sheets are available on the CESR website in PDF, MS WORD and JPEG formats."

The London Guardian has a good piece called 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 Center, 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.
Here's the rub: America is at war against people it doesn't know (because
they don't appear much on TV). Before it has properly identified or even
begun to comprehend the nature of its enemy, the US government has, in a
rush of publicity and embarrassing rhetoric, cobbled together an
"International Coalition Against Terror", mobilised its army, its airforce,
its navy and its media, and committed them to battle.

Thanks to veve@netcabo.pt and A-Infos for "Six Questions to Noam Chomsky"

We have also received a story about an essay Christopher Hitchens wrote in the Nation where he attacked Noam Chomsky and others.

Here, Chomsky replies...

I have been asked to respond to recent articles by Christopher Hitchens
(webpage, Sept. 24; _Nation_, Oct. 8), and after refusing several times,
will do so, though only partially, and reluctantly. The reason for the
reluctance is that Hitchens cannot mean what he is saying. For that
alone -- there are others that should be obvious -- this is no proper
context for addressing serious issues relating to the Sept. 11

"Many American Right-Wing Racial Extremists Applaud Sept. 11 Attacks

By JIM NESBITT c.2001 Newhouse News Service 

With the towers of the World Trade Center fatally damaged but still standing, a leader in one of the many splinter groups of the Far Right fringe of American politics posted a Web site message praising the "Islamic freedom fighters" and hoping the terrorist attacks were the first shots in a racial holy war that would topple the U.S. government.

"May the WAR be started," wrote August Kreis, webmaster of the neo-Nazi Sheriff's Posse Comitatus group, based in Ulysses, Pa. "DEATH to His (God's) enemies, may the World Trade Center BURN TO THE GROUND! ... We can blame no others than ourselves for our problems due to the fact that we allow ... Satan's children, called jews today, to have dominion over our lives."

Check out these amazing photographic juxtapositions:



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