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US PLAYS WITH POLITICAL AND HISTORICAL FIRE

September 22, 2001

U.S. RISKING POPULAR UPRISING IN KEY MUSLIM COUNTRIES

"The United States appears to be plotting to launch a world war by declaring a crusade against Muslims on the pretext of avenging terror attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) and the Pentagon. The U.S. and its allies are attempting to strike Islamic states, bypassing the United Nations Security Council," Daily Newspaper Inqilab (Bangladesh)

MID-EAST REALITIES - MER - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 9/22: No question about it now, the U.S. is playing with fire, even with the possibility of things spiraling out of control and leading to a real World War whose destruction and devastation could be far greater than 11 September 2001. The last President made a point of reading Barbara Tuckman's "Guns of August", the story of how World War I began with a single assassination in the Balkans that then triggered pledges and alliances and spiralled from one event to another until the world was engulfed in a conflict it could not stop or control. This American President, sad to say, reads little of such serious works and spent most of his time in college over at the frat house. George W. Bush's dangerous and irresponsible use of the term "crusade" last weekend -- apparently unaware of what "the Crusades" were in history -- should have been a clear warning sign to the world that the American President and his team (the same team which helped allow our world to reach this potentially cataclysmic period in history) are not nearly as aware and not nearly as capable as they profess to be when carefully reading from prepared scripts.

The U.S. is risking weaking the legitimacy of some of the key governments and regions in the world in what actually is in fact its renewed crusade to enforce a New World Order come what may. Pakistan is already unstable; and there is also growing tension in the former eastern area of Pakistan, Bangladesh. Even Egypt has already refused to join the new "coalition" and has rather defiantly enhanced its relations with Iraq in a clear signal to the the U.S. and Israel to rethink what appears to be the developing plan to use overwhelming military force to put a new government in Baghdad soon after doing so in Afghanistan. Others in the world more insulated from the pressures and inadequacies of American society should now be urgently stepping forward so that some day in the future historians will not have to write "The Guns of September".

EGYPT REJECTS U.S. COALITION, UPGRADES TIES WITH IRAQ
[Middle East NewsLine - Cairo - Friday, 21 Sept 2001]: As a policy debate rages at top levels in the Bush administration over attacking the regime of President Saddam Hussein, Egypt is moving to improve relations with Iraq. Egyptian diplomats said President Hosni Mubarak plans to raise the level of representation between Baghdad and Cairo to the level of ambassador. They said diplomatic ties would be raised commensurate to the level of trade relations. Egypt has refused to participate in a U.S.-led military coalition against any Saudi billionaire fugitive Osama Bin Laden or any of his government sponsors. Instead, Mubarak has called for a United Nations-sponsored conference on international terrorism... Egypt has sent a new charge d'affaires to Baghdad.

JANES' FOREIGN REPORTS - 20 September 2001

OVERT ASSISTANCE FROM PAKISTAN MAY BRING DIRE CONSEQUENCES
As the United States plans its military response to last week's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, the role of Pakistan - and the position of the country's unelected military leader, General Pervez Musharraf - have become key questions. JID investigates and warns that, should the general fall as a result of offering overt support to the USA in its campaign against the Taliban, the consequences - both for the US-led alliance and the entire region - could be potentially catastrophic.

There are many reasons why the present crisis will prove deeply troubling for Pakistan's self-appointed president. Having started the year with the prospect of building a new and more positive relationship with the incoming administration of US President George W. Bush, pressure is now mounting on Musharraf as embarrassing evidence of Islamabad's active support for the Taliban regime in neighbouring Afghanistan comes under intense scrutiny.

One of the more difficult issues which the general may have to explain is the close links between two Islamic militant groups involved in the Kashmir region and the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Laden. The two groups in question, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and Lashkar-e Tayyiba, were specifically singled-out in the US State Department's Report on the Patterns of Global Terrorism for 2000. Although, the Pakistani government has repeated denied that it has any involvement with these two groups, credible intelligence community sources point to close ties between senior members of Pakistan's military and security services and both organisations.

Other awkward questions will focus on allegations that Pakistan has hosted training camps for militant Islamic groups and provided them with financial assistance - charges which Musharraf's officials have repeatedly denied - and that Pakistan has been used as the regular transit route via which Bin Laden's Al-Qa'eda group has travelled. In particular, there are serious allegations that Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence organisation has active links with both the Taliban regime's intelligence service and Bin Laden himself.

According to local intelligence sources, the Pakistani authorities have provided medical facilities for the ailing Bin Laden, including renal dialysis, at a military hospital in Peshawar. None of this will be unfamiliar to US intelligence operatives who have been compiling extensive reports on these alleged activities. However, it is becoming clear that both the Taliban and Al-Qa'eda would have found it difficult to have continued functioning - including the latter group's terrorist activities - without substantial aid and support from Islamabad. This would, logically, place Pakistan in the category of "states which support terrorism", according to the US government's definition. President Bush's pointed warnings to Bin Laden's backers will have put Musharraf on the spot.

The key question is not whether Pakistan will support the US anti-Taliban coalition, but only how far the general will dare to go in his desperate efforts to make amends for past activities that have been very well documented by US intelligence. Above all, Musharraf will realise that having come to power in 1999 by means of a military coup d'etat, he will have to rely on the continued support of Pakistan's army and security services - both of which are alleged to have close links with the US's principal targets.

In broad terms, the US administration has three main options for military action against the Taliban and its notorious 'guest':

1. Launch a general air-campaign against Taliban targets (government offices, strategic facilities, military forces etc) 2. Undertake selective targeting of Bin Laden's bases and associated locations 3. Attempt a very specific 'smash and grab' raid, probably by helicopter and involving special forces, to seize or kill Bin Laden.

Having launched an ill-fated Cruise missile strike against Bin Laden in 1998, the US cannot risk a repeat mission that fails to hit its main target yet again. Therefore, highly detailed information about his movements will be essential and Pakistan's intelligence service is very well placed to provide this, not least because of its alleged links to the man and his Al-Qa'eda organisation.

For Musharraf, the risks are enormous whichever course he ultimately adopts. Failure to co-operate fully with the US will leave Pakistan isolated and perhaps lead to even tighter and more damaging international sanctions. On the other hand, he is under intense domestic pressure, not least from within his own armed forces. There is also the issue of the militant Islamic groups in Kashmir to consider.

What makes the situation even more critical is that Pakistan is one of the world's nuclear powers. Although as JID has previously pointed out, there are serious limitations on the country's nuclear delivery systems, Islamabad may have around 25 nuclear missiles at its immediate disposal (see JID 9 June 2000). While it is highly unlikely that the present Pakistani government would actually resort to the use of such weapons unless in response to an overwhelming military attack, there is no guarantee that a pro-Taliban regime in Islamabad would act with similar restraint.

General Musharraf came to power with the support of Pakistan's military. He is extremely vulnerable if the army, or at least a significant element of it, turns against him. If he were to be ousted during an anti-Western, pro-Taliban uprising organised by an alliance between Kashmiri militants and nationalist military officers, then the prospect of a full-scale regional conflagration might become very real.

BANGLADESH DAILY SAYS U.S. MAY PROVOKE WORLD WAR
DHAKA, Sept 21 (Reuters) - A Bangladesh newspaper known as a mouthpiece of the country's hardline Islamic groups said on Friday that President George W. Bush's threat to avenge attacks on New York and Washington could provoke a world war.

"The United States appears to be plotting to launch a world war by declaring a crusade against Muslims on the pretext of avenging terror attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) and the Pentagon," the daily Inqilab said.

"The U.S. and its allies are attempting to strike Islamic states, bypassing the United Nations Security Council," said the paper which has a large leadership among the country's orthodox Muslims.

President Bush has named Saudi exile Osma bin Laden, who has taken shelter in Afghanistan, as the prime suspect for the September 11 attacks that have left more than 6,000 people missing presumed dead.

Bangladesh had promised full cooperation to the United States in case of a military offensive against Afghanistan, and said it would allow Washington to use its airspace, ports and other facilities in a fight against terrorism.

The decision has sparked angry protests by the country's radical Islamic groups, which have urged Washington "not to go for any hasty reprisal based on unsubstantiated proof of bin Laden's involvement in the attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon."

Protesters in Bangladesh, one of the world's most populous Muslim countries, have burned U.S. flags and effigies of Bush and threatened to join a "jihad" or holy war which the Taliban have vowed to launch in the wake of any U.S. offensive.

"The Bangladesh government has acted against the interest of the country by permitting the U.S. to use its facilities," the Inqilab said.

Bangladesh's major political parties have supported the decision made by the country's caretaker government which took office in July, as required by the constitution, to oversee a general election on October 1.

The independent Daily Ittefaq, however, said Bangladesh had no alternative but to accept the U.S. request to join the global coalition to fight terrorism.

It said Bangladesh needs to protect its multi-billion dollar exports of ready made garments to the United States and bank on U.S. support for development.

Shafi Sami, special assistant on foreign affairs to the caretaker government, headed by former chief justice Latifur Rahman, said the United States has yet to spell out its exact plans for using Bangladesh facilities.

KREMLIN FEARS CENTRAL ASIA TINDEROX
By Ben Aris in Moscow
[The Telegraph, UK, 9/21/2000]: RUSSIA was still undecided over offering practical help to any American strike against Afghanistan because it fears that this could destabilise the whole of Central Asia.

Igor Ivanov, the foreign minister, hinted on Tuesday that Russia might allow US forces to use bases in the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, but he seemed to step back from his remarks yesterday.

The Kremlin is concerned that an attack on Afghanistan could fuel Islamic uprisings across the Central Asian states which still look to Moscow as the dominant power in the region.

The most likely centre of operations the United States would prefer is Tajikistan, which has a large Russian base only 60 miles from the Afghan border.

The Tajiks have only recently emerged from a five-year civil war and Russian troops are there to support the local government and ensure stability as much as to protect the border.

The country is still troubled by outbreaks of violence led by regional warlords and disgruntled United Tajik Opposition guerrilla leaders, who oppose the current government.

Thanks to the presence of Russian troops the Tajik government has regained some sort of control over the country.

However, guerrilla fighters who have been backed into a corner during the intermittent fighting have begun spilling over the border into neighbouring republics.

Last August, Kyrgyzstan was raided by Islamic rebels coming across the Tajik border. They captured a group of Japanese geologists who were looking for gold in the mountains and four US mountaineers who were on holiday in the region.

With an economy reeling from sustained droughts and its people on the point of starvation in some southern areas, the tiny Kyrgyz army is ill-equipped to fight battle-hardened rebels or a sustained campaign against incursions.

The spread of Tajik rebels has also worried Uzbekistan. North-west Tajikistan includes the head of the fabled Fergana valley, the only really fertile place in Central Asia.

Alexander the Great passed through the valley on his way to India and commented on the abundance of melons and grapes, which still grow there.

To add to the confusion almost all the regional nationalities are present in the Fergana valley with little regard for the political borders artificially created by Stalin decades ago.

Kyrgyzstan also straddles the Fergana valley, the bulk of which lies in Uzbekistan.

Afraid that rebels would pass down the valley into their country, the Uzbeks sent fighter planes into Kyrgyz territory last year to bomb rebel positions, to the outrage of the Kyrgyz government.

However, the Uzbek fears are well justified as president Islam Karimov, a virtual dictator, narrowly survived an assassination attempt in December 1999 when Islamic extremists exploded five car bombs in Tashkent, the capital.

Mr Karimov has tried to repress Islam in his country, but with only limited success. Samarkand, in the middle of Uzbekistan, is an important holy city in the Islamic world.

Uzbekistan's large Muslim population is concentrated in the Fergana valley, the scene of frequent police raids where human rights groups say a man can be arrested for little more than having a beard.

There is an uneasy peace but analysts have been warning for years of the "explosion of the Fergana valley", a popular and religiously motivated uprising against Mr Karimov's authoritarian rule.

What the Kremlin and the leaders of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan fear most is a flood of rebel fighters spilling out of Afghanistan and into their countries.

This would be a spark to set off the tinderbox of religious dissent all along the Fergana valley.

SUPPORT FOR BIN LADEN IN INDONESIA INDICATES POSSIBLE SPREAD OF
VIOLENCE

By JAY SOLOMON

[THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia, 21 Sept] -- Radical Islamic groups in the world's most populous Muslim nation are rallying in support of Osama bin Laden, illustrating how last week's deadly violence in the U.S. could spread even to traditionally moderate Muslim countries in Asia.

Western intelligence officials believe a number of these Indonesian Islamic organizations have links to Mr. bin Laden and other suspected international terrorist networks, due to their ties to Afghanistan and their history of using violence. The leaders of these Muslim groups say it is their shared religious ideology, rather than any organizational links, that is driving their support for the Saudi exile and militant Islamist, whom Washington has named as a prime suspect in Sept. 11's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The Laskar Jihad is the most prominent of these Islamic organizations, because of its role over the past two years in mobilizing thousands of recruits to take part in a sectarian conflict in eastern Indonesia that has left thousands dead. Its commander, Ja'far Umar Thalib, fought alongside the mujahedeen in Afghanistan as a volunteer in the late 1980s, against the Soviet Union. The group's founder, Ayip Syafruddin, says Mr. Ja'far also met with Mr. bin Laden and studied among many of his contemporaries while in Pakistan.

The Laskar Jihad, or "militia of the holy war," has capitalized on its Afghan links by recruiting more than a dozen Afghan nationals to fight in the sectarian conflict in Indonesia's Maluku islands, according to Western intelligence officials in Jakarta. Mr. Ayip wouldn't confirm this, but did say that the Laskar Jihad has recruited veterans of conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan as "trainers" for their militia members. Mr. Ayip stressed, however, that his organization has no "structural links" to Mr. bin Laden or his al Qaeda organization.

Mr. Ja'far said in an interview that there is a wide ideological gap between his group and Mr. bin Laden's. "Bin Laden feels that all non-Islamic people are his enemies, but we feel this is wrong . We will not support the terror he's launched."

A number of Western officials, however, are still worried that the Laskar Jihad and other militant Islamic groups could foment a backlash against U.S. interests in Indonesia, should Washington strike Afghanistan or other Middle Eastern countries. A string of bombings has rocked the Indonesian capital of Jakarta over the past year, some of which are alleged to have been committed by Islamic organizations. And the U.S. embassy has been shut on two separate occasions because of "credible evidence" of planned terrorist attacks, according to the U.S. State Department.

A Sunday rally in the central Javanese city of Solo underpinned these fears, as 2,000 members of fundamentalist Islamic groups gathered to voice their support for Mr. bin Laden's cause and their antipathy toward the U.S. "Bin Laden is fighting for our beliefs . so we must support his struggle if possible," Abu Bakar Baasir, a leader of the Laskar Mujahedeen task force, told the gathering. "We could help Afghanistan in defending attacks launched by the U.S. government."

The central region of Java island, Indonesia's most populous, is viewed as a breeding ground for the Islamic militancy that is growing in a country that still holds largely to moderate religious views. Indeed, in the province of Yogyakarta, a sultan still holds power. And in the city of Solo, royal palaces dot the landscape, signifying its feudal, rather than Islamic, traditions. But residents say the fall of former Indonesian strongman Suharto in 1998 unleashed long-suppressed religious sympathies in the area.

The formation of the Laskar Jihad is seen as a prime example of this trend. Mr. Ja'far, according to his associates, was a little-known Islamic cleric in the mid-'90s, who traveled the country preaching the importance of Islamic laws. Such proselytizing was largely anathema under the Suharto regime, which had a history of suppressing fundamentalist Islamic movements, often violently.

The catalyst for the Laskar Jihad, senior members say, was the escalating war that broke out between Christians and Muslims on the eastern Indonesian island of Ambon in early 1999. Declaring that Indonesian authorities weren't doing enough to safeguard Muslim interests there, Mr. Ja'far and his supporters quickly set up recruitment camps and training centers for Indonesians willing to fight in the conflict. Thousands were shipped off to the Maluku islands, the archipelago where Ambon lies. The Laskar Jihad has now widened its efforts to embrace the conflict raging in the city of Poso in central Sulawesi.


September 2001


Magazine



FBI accuses people who are alive of hijacking 911 planes
(September 13, 2001)


ORWELLIAN DANCE OF DEATH
(September 30, 2001)
What goes around comes around, the Americans say. They and their allies, including feisty little Australia, are marching into battle, to be confronted by weapons they sold to the Taliban when the Muslim maddos were on our side against the damned Russkies.

LUNCH WITH THE FINANCIAL TIMES
(September 30, 2001)
It is not often onegets to meet a childhood hero. But Imran Khan, Pakistan'sfinest-ever cricketer, and still the heart-throb of a million adolescent girls, is not in the mood for nostalgia. There is a strong atmosphere of foreboding in Islamabad, Pakistan's gleaming modern capital, following the country's decision to back the US in its war on terrorism.

THE U.S. IS NOW PAYING DEARLY FOR ISRAELI AS WELL AS U.S. POLICIES
(September 29, 2001416)
Americans are preparing for the long, arduous and necessary task of bringing the perpetrators of Tuesday's unspeakable horror to justice. But as we do so, we must also ask ourselves why this happened -- and why it might happen again.

INTIFADA II - YEAR 2
(September 28, 2001)
Last summer, the summer of 2000, it was Bill Clinton, Ehud Barak, and Yasser Arafat gesturing to each other at the Camp David doorway over whom symbolically would enter before whom.

SAUDIS CAVE
(September 28, 2001)
It was to be expected. Looks like the Saudi Royals have recovered from their "crusade" induced political/historical heart attacks along with a somewhat repentant President Bush. They are caving in, as they always do when Washington really comes calling, aware that in the end the legitimacy of their rule of "the kingdom" is no more (and never really was) and that only the direct protection of the Americans can keep the despicably profligate Royals on their petro-thrones.

ROME JOINS MODERN-DAY "CRUSADES II"
(September 27, 2001)
How fitting that the descendants of the first crusades have now signed-on to the modern-day new Crusades II through their flambouantly right-wing business-tycoon Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

AMERICA'S GLOBAL CRUSADE
(September 27, 2001)
Written by a thoughtful young American academic, recently graduated with Ph.D. from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., "George Bush's Global Crusade" is an important contribution to thinking through what is unfolding as a result of 11 September 2001.

ARAFAT STIFFS DAMASCUS, BUMBLES WITH PERES
(September 26, 2001)
At the last moment, quite literally, Yasser Arafat called off his visit to Damascus, probably under severe threats from both the Israelis and Americans that if he dared defy them now his days truly would be numbered and he would be put on the to-be-vanquished "terrorist" list and suffer the consequences.

BOMBING AFGANSITAN- A NATION BETRAYED AND DESTROYED
(September 25, 2001)
"The problem is that America wants its own version of justice, a concept rooted, it seems, in the Wild West and Hollywood's version of the Second World War. President Bush speaks of smoking them out, of the old posters that once graced Dodge City: 'Wanted, Dead or Alive'."

CIVIL WAR FEARED IN PAKISTAN
(September 25, 2001)
Pakistan's most powerful triballeader, Ajmal Khattak, yesterday pleaded with the country's leading fundamentalist agitator, Sami ul-Haq, "to keep Pakistan calm during the present crisis."

WARNINGS OF BACKLASH AND BLOWBACK GROWING..
(September 25, 2001)
The American government has a long long history of militarism and deception; but under the new circumstances post-11 Sept many who normally have grown skeptical and partially independent over the years are doing what they are told, "complying" so to speak.

OSAMA BIN LADEN SPEAKS
(September 24, 2001)
Osama bin Laden called on Muslims to join a holy war against "the American crusade," and the United Nations said Monday that Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia have virtually shut down its humanitarian operations by threatening to kill its remaining staff.

THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT IN HISTORY SINCE ....
(September 24, 2001)
"The attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center are the most important event in world history since the collapse of the Soviet Union."

FOUAD, JAMES, AND CLOVIS "TV ARABS" - MER FLASHBACK
(September 24, 2001)
When the American mass media needs to flash "Arab" on the screen pretending to some kind of semblance of "balance", they know whom to call on. These are the faces, names and "Arab" identifications one sees on the screen politely commenting these days about "terrorism" and "peace process".

SERIOUS AND CONFUSING DEVELOPMENTS IN ISREAL, EGYPT, SAUDI - KEY US ALLIES
(September 23, 2001)
There is a strange and growing tension coming from the Middle East this weekend; and we don't mean from Afghanistan and Pakistan this time, rather we mean from America's closest allies, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. We're in no position to know for sure just what is happening. But in each of these countries very unusual and potentially historic developments are unfolding.

BIN LADEN LOCATED!?
(September 22, 2001)
It's impossible to know what to believe at the moment. It's possible the U.S. and Britain have no real idea where bin Laden is but are leaking reports of this kind in papers tomorrow in Britain hoping to "smoke him out" from what could be a secretly secure location. It's also possible that someone somewhere is trying to collect a reward of $25 million, the highest in history.

IS THE US WALKING RIGHT INTO BIN LADEN'S TRAP?
(September 22, 2001)
History will tell of course; but today's situation is far too pregnant with massive destruction to simply watch while the militarists and the terrorists of all sides take charge of the future.

US PLAYS WITH POLITICAL AND HISTORICAL FIRE
(September 22, 2001)
No question about it now, the U.S. is playing with fire, even with the possibility of things spiraling out of control and leading to a real World War whose destruction and devastation could be far greater than 11 September 2001.

SECRET PLAN TO OVERTHROW TALIBAN AND INSTALL NEW REGIME
(September 21, 2001)
The UNITED NATIONS has shamefully bowed out, right when it is needed more than ever. Urged to do so by Secretary-General Kofi Annan -- who had been urged to do so by Washington, which he has quite a habit of taking orders from -- for the first time in history the General Assembly has put off its important international gathering and not even set an alternative date.

USE NUKES SAYS PENTAGON!?
(September 21, 2001)
Especially under current circumstances, whether the excuse be that it is being talked about for "deterrence" against further terrorist attack, or God forbid whether it be the actual recommendation and desire of the American military, the advocacy of nuclear weapons at this time shows how dangerous the American militarists who have control of the United States really are.

INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT FISK
(September 21, 2001)
KIM HILL [Radio New Zealand on 19 Sept]: Can I talk to you about Osama Bin Laden? I don't know whether you are in favour of him becoming public enemy number one at the moment but I do know that you have met him and I wonder if you could give me some kind of insight into, first of all, is he capable of this.

SECRET PLANS FOR 10-YEAR WAR
(September 20, 2001)
Ten years in our modern world is forever. Whatever President George W Bush proclaims this evening before what will surely be overwhelming applause and repeated ovations from the Congress, American military and imperial goals are now much bigger than ever.

PRESIDENT RUNS TO MOSQUE TO OVERWRITE "CRUSADE" COMMENTS
(September 19, 2001)
Though the naive American public didn't get it, Europeans, Middle East experts, and especially American allies in the Middle East did! Warning calls came quickly over the weekend after President George Bush used the word "crusade" a number of times; apparently knowing so little about the Arab and Muslim history that he wasn't aware of the origins and associations of that single word; apparently so badly served by his advisers that he hadn't been warned never ever to use it.

PAKISTAN COULD SPLIT IN REVOLT, images of 'crusader' america
(September 19, 2001)
General Pervez Musharaff has now spoken to his own country, invoking stories of Mohamed and the Koran. Clearly he is shaken...and shaking. All former bets about the "new world order" now need to recalculated and recast. A multitude of historic forces have now been set in motion. Not only did the world of the United States change because of what happened on 11 September 2001. A political, even an existential earthquake is potentially underway now in various locations on the globe with events threatening to spiral possibly out of control.

US DEMANDS OF ARAFAT, WORKS EVER MORE CLOSELY AND COVERTLY WITH ISREAL
(September 19, 2001)
The Americans are making "demands" on everyone right now. "You're either with us or against us" is the constant refrain. Risking revolution in nuclear Pakistan, bio terrorism at home, and even a real world war, what is going on in Palestine is not at the top of Washington's concerns for now -- but even so it must be all be manipulated, coordinated, and presented in public very carefully in view of the larger worldwide goals.

CHOMSKY ON 11 SEPT 2001
(September 18, 2001)
Asked "Do you expect U.S. to profoundly change their policy to the rest of the world?" Professor Noam Chomsky replied today: "The initial response was to call for intensifying the policies that led to the fury and resentment that provides the background of support for the terrorist attack, and to pursue more intensively the agenda of the most hard line elements of the leadership: increased militarization, domestic regimentation, attack on social programs... Terror attacks, and the escalating cycle of violence they often engender, tend to reinforce the authority and prestige of the most harsh and repressive elements of a society."

FROM ISLAMAMBAD
(September 18, 2001)
"If the campaign against terrorism is to be successful, there has to be an introspective American review and reappraisal of its policy in the Middle East. For the last one year, the only image that is etched in the popular Muslim mind is that of innocent and unarmed children, women and men being attacked by armed Israeli soldiers backed by tanks, missiles and planes.

IF AMERICA ATTACKS....
(September 16, 2001)
Like the term "Star Wars" before it "New World Order" had too many negative associations, too much imperial baggage. George W. has however evoked the refrain "This will not stand", just as his father did before him a decade ago. What is in essence a continuation of the building of the "New World Order" designed by the Americans to replace the "Cold War" paradigm is now being heavily masked under tons of rhetoric about "the war against international terrorism".

CHOMSKY- THE BOMBINGS, THE WAR, THE PALESTINIANS
(September 15, 2001)
The terrorist attacks were major atrocities. In scale they may not reach the level of many others, for example, Clinton's bombing of the Sudan with no credible pretext, destroying half its pharmaceutical supplies and killing unknown numbers of people (no one knows, because the US blocked an inquiry at the UN and no one cares to pursue it). Not to speak of much worse cases, which easily come to mind. But that this was a horrendous crime is not in doubt.

FLASHBACK 3 YEARS AGO
(September 14, 2001)
The Arab "client regimes" daddle as usual, unable to even convene an Arab League meeting, not to mention assert major influence in the world, even in their region.

ARAFAT - ONE FAILURE, ONE DISASTER, AFTER ANOTHER
(September 10, 2001)
Arafat readies to meet once again with Peres, even as his senior allies are gunned down, his top lieutenants ridiculously proclaim victory in Durban, the Arab League can't even manage to hold a summit meeting, the battle of Orient House was quickly given up, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers starts building facilities for the Israeli army, and 100+ more American F-16s (plus large numbers of the Arrow anti-missile missile) are now on order for shipment to Israel!

THE RACISTS' CONFERENCE - SELL OUT IN DURBAN
(September 9, 2001)
Once again the weak Arab regimes and the incompetent organizations they support have stumbled and bumbled to nowhere.

durban, the rascists' confrence
(September 8, 2001)
Muslim countries claimed they were threatened and intimidated to accept the compromise statement on Palestine which was proposed by the President of the Conference earlier this week.

THE REAL JESSE JACKSON
(September 8, 2001)
The American sub-agents in Durban did all they could, which was quite a lot, to undermine the will of the vast majority of the world's nations and peoples.

MANY MORE F16s FOR ISRAEL!
(September 7, 2001)
THE SOOTHING WORDS that come from the Americans destined to be headlined in the media of the Arab "client regimes" to cool off if not totally pacify the Arab masses have no credibility, even though far too many continue to repeat them ad infinitum.

PALESTINIAN ELITE AND PA OFFICIALS FLEEING
(September 7, 2001)
Israel is paying a price -- and this is not a reference to economics. But even so the price being paid by the Palestinians is immensely greater.

MER FLASHBACK- EIGHT YEARS AGO IN WASHINGTON, DC
(September 7, 2001)
The power and political elite were gathering on the White House lawn four years ago today practically giddy with excitement. The popular media was filled with expressions of how startling was the breakthrough, how wonderful and irreversible was the 'peace process', how the "New World Order" and the "New Middle East" were finally dawning.

AMERICANS NOW BUILDING BASES FOR ISRAELI MILITARY , PALESTINIAN MUSLIM INSTITUTIONS RAIDED IN THE US
(September 6, 2001)
Some eighty Federal Agents descended on Richardson, Texas, yesterday striking a blow against Muslim organizations raising funds for Palestinians groups not approved by the USA and thus accused, largely by those associated with the Israeli/Jewish lobby, of "terrorism".

SIGNIFICANT MORAL PROTESTS - ISRAELI TEENS, A BRITISH REPORTER
(September 6, 2001)
The former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, Denis Haliday, quit the U.N. a few years ago in moral protest over the U.N.'s complicity in genocide against the people of Iraq.

LIKE IT REALLY IS - MER FLASHBACK
(September 6, 2001)
The worst massacres in the recent history of the Middle East have not been perpetrated by Arabs, but rather by Israelis. This simple fact is often overlooked in the Western media. In 1982 thousands of Palestinian refugees were slaughtered in the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla -- this on top of the estimated 20,000+ Lebanese and Palestinian civilians killed during Israel's barbarous war on Lebanon.

CHAOS REINS - WAR PREPARATIONS ESCALATE
(September 5, 2001)
Ariel Sharon in Moscow had to call off his visit to the Duma as well as with Patriarch Alexei II today, reasons not spelled out but not that hard to contemplate.

APARTHEID-LIKE POLICIES CONDEMNED EVEN AS THEY EXPAND
(September 5, 2001)
Even as the Americans and Israelis continue desperate moves to try to prevent the Final Conference Statement at Durban from being as harsh as it could and should be, the Israelis are working furiously to begin to unilaterally implement their post-Oslo, post-Camp David "separation" program -- which in its actual implications on the ground is in fact the neo-apartheid approach everyone is screaming about in Durban.

DURBAN TO NEW YORK - ON TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
(September 4, 2001)
The Americans and the Israelis have tried everything regarding the Durban Conference to prevent Israel from being specifically mentioned as a racist state in the final conference document. They have repeatedly used all kinds of threat and bribes to get their way.

CNN AND THE REAL TILTS OF THE U.S. CORPORATE MEDIA
(September 3, 2001)
Thirty years ago most of the area now known as Gilo was part of the Palestinian town of Beit Jala, next to Bethlehem. Gilo has been built from scratch across the "Green Line" in areas Israel occupied at the time of the 1967 war. In the past three decades Israel has followed a basic and sustained policy of Arab dispossession and Jewish building.

"RACIST APARTHIED STATE" SAYS NGO GATHERING
(September 2, 2001)
When plans were being made for the World Conference on Racism...etc...now taking place in Durban, SA, it was the heyday of the "Peace Process" and the very term "apartheid" was nowhere to be heard in much of the establishment media, certainly not in the USA.

ANTI-APARTHEID II MOVEMENT BORN
(September 1, 2001)
Even while Israel continues to assassinate senior Palestinians the developments in Durban are telling. As usual the Arafat regime is selling out everyone else for its own gain -- continuing to earn its money so to speak even under the unprecedented circumstances of 2001.




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