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Bush's Faustian Deal With The Taliban

by Robert Scheer

May 22, 2001 © Los Angeles Times

Enslave your girls and women, harbor anti-U.S. terrorists, destroy

every vestige of civilization in your homeland, and the Bush

administration will embrace you. All that matters is that you line

up as an ally in the drug war, the only international cause that this

nation still takes seriously.

That's the message sent with the recent gift of $43 million to the

Taliban rulers of Afghanistan, the most virulent anti-American

violators of human rights in the world today. The gift, announced

last Thursday by Secretary of State Colin Powell, in addition to

other recent aid, makes the U.S. the main sponsor of the Taliban and

rewards that "rogue regime" for declaring that opium growing is

against the will of God. So, too, by the Taliban's estimation, are

most human activities, but it's the ban on drugs that catches this

administration's attention.

Never mind that Osama bin Laden still operates the leading

anti-American terror operation from his base in Afghanistan, from

which, among other crimes, he launched two bloody attacks on American

embassies in Africa in 1998.

The London Guardian is reporting on a secret memo revealing US plan to overthrow Taliban regime.

The embassy
cable reveals that the US administration is bent on force to evict the
Taliban from power because of the shelter it has offered Osama bin Laden

Anonymous Comrade writes: "There is an excellent lecture by the late Dr. Eqbal Ahmed entitled
"Terrorism: Theirs and Ours" on the A-Infos Radio Project:


The lecture was given shortly after the US embassy bombings in Africa,
which were attributed to Osama bin Laden. In the talk, Ahmed describes when
Osama bin Laden "was actually a guest in the Reagan White House" when the
US was funding bin Laden to fight the Red Army in Afganistan. He and
other Afghani "freedom fighters" were praised by Reagan during that visit
as "the moral equivalent of our founding fathers". Really damning stuff."


(Subjectively gathered by
Mitchel Cohen)

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Japantoday.com is reporting that the Defense Department has recommended to President
George W Bush the use of tactical nuclear weapons as a military
to retaliate for last week's terrorist attacks in the United
States, diplomatic sources said Tuesday.

Join activists at NYU for a teach in for peace

Thursday, September 20 at 7 PM

NYU Main Building, room 809

Main Building is located at 100 Washington Square East at the corner of

The event will focus on giving a context to the tragic events of
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scapegoating and the US drive to war.

Speakers include

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NEW YORK (AP) - A Central Park memorial this weekend to the police and
firefighters who died heroically at the World Trade Center - a gathering
that was expected to draw as many as a million people - will not take place,
city officials said.
The city Parks Department did not immediately say why the memorial would not
be held. It had been organized by a committee that includes former Mayors
David Dinkins and Edward Koch and leading Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and
Catholic clergy.
``There is not an event going on in Central Park this weekend,'' said Parks
Department spokesman Jeff Sandgrund. ``We're not organizing an event in
Central Park.''
The cancellation was news to a city that was still jittery, eight days after
two planes hijacked by terrorists laid waste to the Trade Center and killed
more than 5,000 people.

The Hindustan Times writes: "More than two-thirds of people in Pakistan think their government should side with Afghanistan rather than the United States if Washington attacks the neighbouring country, a Gallup poll said Wednesday.

The survey is another sign of the risk President Pervez Musharraf has taken in offering Pakistan's full support for the United States war on terrorism following last week's devastating attacks in New York and Washington.

Gallup said the snap poll of 500 people showed 85 per cent believed a US strike against Afghanistan, where terror suspect Osama bin Laden lives under the wing of the ruling Taliban militia, was imminent.

While 32 per cent of people supported Musharraf's decision to lend Pakistan's support to the United States, 62 per cent opposed it.

Only seven per cent said Pakistan should side with the United States if Washington attacks Afghanistan, while 27 per cent advised neutrality and 63 per cent said it should side with Afghanistan.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/nonfram/190901/dlfor 83.asp"

The Hindustan Times writes: "Pakistan has said that it has always asked the US to deal with the Taliban directly as it enjoys no influence with the militia and denied that Islamabad supplied it with funds and weapons, which may have come from the "Soviet leftovers."

Taliban militia in Afghanistan has enough weapons to fight for a decade and Pakistan had urged the US to deal directly with them even before the present crisis (following terror strikes in the US), Pakistan Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider said here.

"As far as weapons are concerned this is my strong belief that they (the Taliban) have enough weapons to fight for ten years. The booty from the Soviet leftovers is that strong", Haider, who was on a brief stopover here en route to Pakistan from Kuwait, told the 'Khaleej Times.'

He said Islamabad had no influence on the Taliban contrary to popular perception in the West and in fact the two differed on many international issues.

"We told them not to train any Pakistan national in their camps...even then (during the Buddha statue episode) we tried to knock some sense into the mindset of the Afghan government but we could not succeed," he said.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/nonfram/190901/dlfor 32.asp"

mackswell23 writes: "This is another valuable piece...

Special report: terrorism in the US

Martin Amis
Tuesday September 18, 2001
The Guardian

It was the advent of the second plane, sharking in low over the Statue
of Liberty: that was the defining moment. Until then, America thought
she was witnessing nothing
more serious than the worst aviation disaster in history; now she had a
sense of the fantastic vehemence ranged against her.


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