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"Comply! Resistance Is Futile!"

October 20, 2001



MID-EAST REALITIES - MER - www.MiddleEast.Org - 10/20: British MP (Member of Parliament) George Galloway calls it the "new imperialism" (his article coming later today). On the whole the Anglo-British press is working up quite a frenzy (with notable exceptions like The Guardian and The Independent in the UK, sometimes The Nation in the U.S.). But leave it to The Times of London to front big time for the "new war" -- first by telling the Saudis and Arafat to comply or else, then by warning that General Colin Powell's diplomacy is the real danger to watch out for -- and to The Times of New York which on its front page today has a major journalistic assault on Saudi Arabia for decades of trying to "export fanatical Islam".


[THE TIMES, London - Friday, 19 October]: Saudi Arabia and Arafat must choose terrorism or survival Conflict forces choices that leaders would rather not make. Arab rulers, though appalled by the attacks on September 11, have tried to avoid endorsing the US-led operations against the Taleban so as not to inflame public opinion. But the appeasement of Islamist militancy is proving a mistake. Countries that tolerate terrorist networks put themselves at risk; and militant anti-Western incitement now threatens virtually all established rulers in the Middle East.

None is more exposed than the House of Saud. Its destruction is a main aim of Osama bin Laden, whose al-Qaeda has vowed to drive Western "crusader" forces from the Arabian Peninsula. Yet the Saudi Royal Family rests its legitimacy on its role as the guardian of Mecca and Medina, the upholder of Islamic values and the guarantor of a paternalistic State. The Government has tried to face both ways. It has indulged religiosity with indiscriminate payments to Islamic causes and foundations, many of which have fostered extremism and aided bin Laden, while also promising America to use its power as a force for regional stability.

Now the Saudis are forced to choose between survival as a deeply conservative, pro-Western society or a capitulation to the obscurantist mullahs who would establish a religious dictatorship similar to the Taleban. The Government has, at last, chosen to crack down on the Islamists. In an unprecedented warning to security officials, Prince Nayef, the Interior Minister, denounced the "sick" extremists who hid in caves, abused security in the name of Islam and misled ordinary people.

No one would be allowed to "outbid us on Islam", he added, nor would the Government tolerate dictation from outside. His words were reinforced by the arrest of around 100 leading Islamist activists, the violent dispersal of demonstrators in Mecca and the ban on any cleric declaring jihad.

Yassir Arafat also is compelled to choose between decisive action or likely overthrow. Ariel Sharon has given the Palestinian leader seven days in which to hand over the assassins of Rehavam Zeevi. Otherwise, the Israeli Prime Minister made clear that the Israelis will reoccupy all the West Bank, deal with the killers themselves and reimpose closures, curfews and iron rule in the occupied territories. The killing, he said, changed everything. Israel has now concluded that the Arafat era is over and that any further talks with him are useless. Some Cabinet ministers are calling for his expulsion from the Palestinian territories.

Mr Arafat knows that Israel has the military strength and determination to carry out such a threat. No Arab state is able or likely to respond for days, if at all. Tanks already ring Ramallah. Israeli troops are firing on demonstrators.

Token arrests will not satisfy Israel. Mr Arafat, already branded an Israeli puppet by Hamas and Islamic militants, may fear a knife in the ribs if he hands over the assassins; but unless he does, not even the West will have much faith in his ability to exercise power within the Palestinian Authority. No Israeli, on the Left as much as on the Right, will deal with a man who cannot deliver them up. Among the Palestinians, democrats are disillusioned by the corruption around Mr Arafat while militants increasingly ignore his word. His back, as often, is to the wall; only then, on past form, does he act. One of the hardest choices he has had to make faces him now.

2) THE U.S. MESSAGE TO THE TALIBAN By Julian Borger in Washington, Rory McCarthy in Islamabad and Richard Norton-Taylor

"Attention. You are condemned....You will be attacked by land, sea and air... Resistance is futile... Surrender now and we will let you live."

[The Guardian - Saturday October 20, 2001]: US electronic warfare planes were yesterday broadcasting bloodcurdling warnings to Taliban soldiers, telling them how to surrender and threatening them with certain death if they failed to give themselves up.

The extraordinary propaganda campaign is one of a series of signs that special forces combat operations in Afghanistan are imminent, as helicopter-borne elite units gather on the Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier in the Arabian sea.

The messages being broadcast from the EC-130E planes flown by the Pennsylvania National Guard's 193rd special operations wing - nicknamed Commando Solo - are brutally straightforward.

They warn that any Taliban soldiers who fail to hand themselves over by the time the ground assault begins will be given no quarter.

"Attention, Taliban. You are condemned. Did you know that? The instant the terrorists you support took over our planes, you sentenced yourselves to death," the broadcasts say in Pashtu and Dari.

"You will be attacked by land, sea and air... Resistance is futile," it continues. "When you decide to surrender, approach United States forces with your hands in the air. Sling your weapon across your back, muzzle toward the ground. Remove your magazine and expel any rounds. Doing this is your only chance of survival."

The campaign is designed to minimise resistance from Taliban forces protecting Osama bin Laden and his supporters once the ground assault begins. The EC-130E plane can break into commercial or military television and radio stations, swamping regions with propaganda.

The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that special forces units were already behind Taliban lines talking to warlords loosely allied to the Islamist militia, and assisting a CIA operation aimed at persuading them to switch sides before the shooting starts.

Preparations for the assault were reported to be complete yesterday. The Kitty Hawk is loaded with night-flight helicopters ready to fly small units of elite troops on "search-and-destroy" missions aimed at the Taliban leadership and Bin Laden's al-Qaida organisation.

US military officials said the helicopter-borne assault missions would stop off at Pakistani bases on their way into battle to refuel and to pick up extra troops and equipment.

Pakistani police and soldiers have imposed a tight security cordon around the small airport in Jacobabad, the southern town which is likely to be a principal staging post but where support is strong for one of Pakistan's most hardline religious parties, the Jamiat Ulema-e Islam.

Pakistan is to let US forces use airports in Pasni and Dalbandin, close to the Afghan border. Civilian flights to all three have been cancelled. The military regime has said they will be used for "logistical support" only.

The airborne broadcasts followed 12 days of intense bombing aimed at destroying Taliban air defences. Yesterday, US air force F15 Strike Eagle warplanes were in action in support of the Northern Alliance opposition attempting to capture the northern town of Mazar-i-Sharif. An eight-man team of special forces liaison officers was also reported to be travelling with a Northern Alliance general.

Alongside the messages aimed at Taliban soldiers, US electronic warfare planes were yesterday broadcasting gentler messages to Afghan civilians. "Attention. People of Afghanistan, United States forces will be moving through your area... Please for your own safety stay off bridges and roadways and do not interfere with our troops or military operations," they say.

US officials have said that the initial combat operations in Afghanistan are likely to be "hit-and-run" helicopter raids involving small teams of elite soldiers attempting to hunt down al-Qaida members and the Taliban leadership, or direct missile attacks from above by US strike aircraft. At some point, the US-led forces may seize an airbase inside Afghanistan close to their targets.

Britain's contribution to the forthcoming ground campaign could include marine commandos, gurkhas, and paratroopers, defence sources said yesterday. Some 800 Royal Marines are based on HMS Ocean which has ten Sea King helicopters on board. The helicopter carrier is taking part in a large, pre-planned, exercise in Oman which ends on November 1.

A squadron of about 50 SAS soldiers are also participating in the exercise.

A decision on what British forces the US wants is likely to be made before then.


Colin Powell is attempting to fight the war on terrorism on too many fronts

[The Times, London, Friday 19 October]: Assassination, Benjamin Disraeli said after the death of Abraham Lincoln, "has never changed the course of history". That view, as events in the Middle East will prove, was mistaken. The murder of Rehavam Zeevi, Israel's Tourism Minister, on Wednesday does, however, prove that assassination is a paradoxical business.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) is dedicated to the destruction of the state of Israel and is hardly sympathetic to American interests. Yet by its deeds it has strengthened the political hand of Ariel Sharon and may have saved the United States from a diplomatic initiative of considerable folly.

There is no doubt which member of the Bush Administration is currently the most uncomfortable. Colin Powell has set himself three separate but interconnected tasks and is making minimal progress on all of them. The Secretary of State has sought to construct an alternative regime for Afghanistan acceptable to just about everyone; to reassure India and Pakistan that both are held with equal affection by the United States, which agrees with each of them on Kashmir; and aspires to a new American approach to the Middle East which could simultaneously placate Israeli and Arab opinion. This strategy certainly does not want for ambition, merely credibility.

The intervention of the PFLP has reduced the prospects of outright political conflict between the United States and Israel. The Secretary of State is due shortly to deliver a speech on the Middle East peace process which, his aides insist, would be but an "amplification" of an approach hammered out within the Administration before the attacks on New York and Washington. This address is ostentatiously scheduled to take place "before Ramadan", thus leaving little doubt as to its intended audience. The notion of "amplification" is only valid if one regards the difference between Trappist monks and members of a heavy metal rock band as simply a matter of volume.

The Administration had decided, tentatively, before terrorism struck, that if Yassir Arafat could impose a ceasefire of any duration then President Bush would hold a low-profile meeting with him on the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly meeting. This notion was propounded most enthusiastically by George Tenet, the Director of the CIA first appointed by President Clinton, who was dispatched to the region by Mr Bush during the summer. Mr Powell was at that stage relatively cool about the enterprise, preferring benign neglect to active engagement.

In the aftermath of September 11, however, the Secretary of State seized control of policy. An improbable alliance within Washington emerged between the State Department bureaucracy, which had always wanted the Bush White House to continue in the Middle East where the Clinton Administration had left off, and some crucial figures at the Pentagon who, while normally close to Israel, believed that Egypt and Saudi Arabia needed to be brought onside if they were to be able to convince the President that he should take the military campaign to Baghdad. To the bemusement of Israel, those who favoured both the most limited war and the most assertive war against terrorism had become de facto allies of Mr Arafat against Mr Sharon.

Mr Powell was, and perhaps still might be, poised to recast American foreign policy. He intended to indicate that America favoured the division, or "sharing", of Jerusalem and that he would appoint a new envoy, probably General Antony Zinni, former Commander in Chief of the US Central Command and a figure well known to Arab leaders, as his representative to the region.

There might be some short-term advantages to such a statement. But countries such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia would have needed more than words from the Secretary of State to appease local populations. The United States would have had to engineer a peace settlement on this basis. And the impact of such a blueprint in Israel would be absolutely explosive. While most Israelis believe that Mr Sharon was intemperate when he asserted that his country would not be "another Czechoslovakia", they were largely in accord with his sentiments. A Powell peace plan in these circumstances would have broken the current Likud-Labour coalition and prompted fresh elections. And the man most likely to emerge as Prime Minister, endorsed on a "not one more inch" manifesto, would be Binyamin Netanyahu - an ironic and unhelpful outcome.

The contraints imposed, and the contradictions inherent, in Mr Powell's pursuit of Peter Pan policy are the real source of the frustration which is building within the Pentagon. It is not the case, as reported in some circles, that Donald Rumsfeld, the Defence Secretary, is at war with his generals or vice versa. They are all being driven to distraction by a political approach which, as one official put it privately, smacks of a new version of St Augustine: "Give me victory, but not just now."

The military aspect of Operation Enduring Freedom is supposed to be "Gulf War plus", but the diplomatic dimension, at the moment, is "Gulf War minus". Ten years ago the United States announced its objective (the complete expulsion of Iraqi troops from Kuwait) and then assembled an international coalition to achieve it. That process appears to have been reversed a decade later.

The real question that is haunting American commanders now is not whether to expand the war to encompass Saddam Hussein but when the State Department will allow it to be extended to Osama bin Laden.

4) BUYING UP THE EVIDENCE By Duncan Campbell

"The US military does not need the pictures for its own purposes because it already has six imaging satellites in orbit...(that)take photographic images estimated to be six to 10 times better than...Ikonos."

[The Guardian - Wednesday October 17, 2001]: The Pentagon has spent millions of dollars to prevent western media from seeing highly accurate civilian satellite pictures of the effects of bombing in Afghanistan, it was revealed yesterday.

The images, which are taken from Ikonos, an advanced civilian satellite launched in 1999, are better than the spy satellite pictures available to the military during most of the cold war.

The extraordinary detail of the images already taken by the satellite includes a line of terrorist trainees marching between training camps at Jalalabad. At the same resolution, it would be possible to see bodies lying on the ground after last week's bombing attacks.

Under American law, the US defence department has legal power to exercise "shutter control" over civilian satellites launched from the US in order to prevent enemies using the images while America is at war. But no order for shutter control was given, even after the bombing raids began 10 days ago.

The decision to shut down access to satellite images was taken last Thursday, after reports of heavy civilian casualties from the overnight bombing of training camps near Darunta, north-west of Jalalabad. Instead of invoking its legal powers, the Pentagon bought exclusive rights to all Ikonos satellite pictures of Afghanistan off Space Imaging, the company which runs the satellite. The agreement was made retrospectively to the start of the bombing raids.

The US military does not need the pictures for its own purposes because it already has six imaging satellites in orbit, augmented by a seventh launched last weekend. Four of the satellites, called Keyholes, take photographic images estimated to be six to 10 times better than the 1 metre resolution available from Ikonos.

The decision to use commercial rather than legal powers to bar access to satellite images was heavily criticised by US intelligence specialists last night. Since images of the bombed Afghan bases would not have shown the position of US forces or compromised US military security, the ban could have been challenged by news media as being a breach of the First Amendment, which guarantees press freedom.

"If they had imposed shutter control, it is entirely possible that news organisations would have filed a lawsuit against the government arguing prior restraint censorship," said Dr John Pike, of Globalsecurity, a US website which publishes satellite images of military and alleged terrorist facilities around the world.

The only alternative source of accurate satellite images would be the Russian Cosmos system. But Russia has not yet decided to step into the information void created by the Pentagon deal with Space Imaging.

October 2001


Bio and Nuclear Threats Escalate As Purposeful Leaks Proliferate to Mass Media
(October 26, 2001)
The timing of newsstories like this in the major Western media should be suspect now more than ever. For more than ever in fact governments and intelligence agencies are using the mass media by leaking things at times of convenience and more importantly with their own twists and turns.

"Stop Israel!" Pleads Israeli Professor
(October 26, 2001)
One Israeli, not invited by the naive and misguided American Jewish "liberals" to the USA, speaks up from Israel with tremendous courage and conviction. Her name is Tanya Reinhart and she deserves to be taken very seriously -- though far too many don't even know about her.

"Palestinian Statehood" - Another Grotesque Deception Unfolds
(October 25, 2001)
The political smokescreens are lifting a bit as the pressures build to go beyond mere words, yet at the same time a purposeful distorting haze is taking over. Bottom line: the kind of "Palestinian State" Yasser Arafat has maneuvered his people toward and is being cornered into implementing is a grotesque distortion of their aspirations and of what use to be meant by the term "Palestinian State."

"A Pen Bought And Sold" - A Saudi Poem Revisited - MER FlashBack
(October 21, 2001)
Change comes in the Middle East, as elsewhere, in complex ways. There is the regular daily news of course; and in the region especially it is inextricably intertwined with an ever-more-sophisticated and propagandistic journalistic establishment.

(October 24, 2001)
Both of the Georges are oh so full of themselves cocky -- just the personality type so many American's truly love. One is (to the amazement of many who wonder how in the world the U.S. chooses such persons to lead it) the President of the United States.

Massacres and Devastation Escalate Further In Palestine
(October 24, 2001)
The Palestinians are essentially defenseless with their backs up against the wall, the firing wall. Their "leadership" has been so corrupted and infiltrated that the Arafat regime has hardly any credibility with its own, not to mention anyone else.

Torture Now Coming to USA?
(October 22, 2001)
Adopting the tactics (as well as the goals) of the Israelis, and the methods long taught by the CIA in Latin America as well as the Middle East, the brave new world post 11 September is changing the face of the American homeland in ways nearly all Americans would have seriously resisted just a few long weeks ago.

Millions Likely To Die in Afghanistan U.N. Warns
(October 21, 2001)
As for Afghanistan, the American CIA worked behind the scenes to bring on the Soviet invasion of 1979, then engaged the Soviet Empire in a way that brought about the near-total devastation of Afghanistan and a huge uncounted death toll.

It's "New Imperialism" says leading British MP
(October 21, 2001)
Much pressure is building at the United Nations to not open itself to still more charges of being complicitous in "genocide", not to mention to do something to stop being seen as "an extension of the American State Department" (the actual private words of a senior U.N. official).

"Comply! Resistance Is Futile!"
(October 20, 2001)
British MP (Member of Parliament) George Galloway calls it the "new imperialism" (his article coming later today). On the whole the Anglo-British press is working up quite a frenzy (with notable exceptions like The Guardian and The Independent in the UK, sometimes The Nation in the U.S.).

The "Arafat Era" Collapsing or About To Be Reborn?
(October 20, 2001)
Yasser Arafat is losing both his grip on power (extended to him by the Israelis and the Americans for the past decade since the Gulf War) and his credibility (with his own people) at the same time.

The Coming Arab Crash
(October 19, 2001)
The west's most important friends in the Arab Middle East - Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah of Jordan, Mubarak of Egypt and the PLO's Yasser Arafat - are probably the world's most vulnerable political quartet.

Saudi Amb Bandar Badly Fails, Saudi Royals in Paralysis, US Relations in Doubt
(October 19, 2001)
Prince Bandar bin Sultan's 20+ year strategy has now substantially failed. Years ago, very much behind-the-scenes of course, the very controversial and in some circles much despised Saudi Ambassador in Washington began a relationship with the some of the most conservative and militant circles in Washington, very much including those associated with the powerful Israeli/Jewish lobby.

Worse Than Worthless Wartime "Promises"
(October 18, 2001)
The list of broken and disingenuous "promises" made to the Arabs by Western political leaders is something befitting a "Saturday Night Live" parody skit -- if only they would dare!

"New Era" Says Sharon Reacting In Character to "Gandhi" Assassination
(October 17, 2001)
He had called the Palestinians "lice" and "vermin" and "cancer", and he had urged their "transfer" or "extermination". Just Monday he has tendered his resignation as Minister of Tourism, insisting that Ariel Sharon was being too moderate and too compromising.

(October 17, 2001)
As for the British, what's going on in both Palestine and Kashmir, the two most likely potential nuclear flashpoints in our world today, can be traced back directly to what the British did in these areas when they were the "Empire"

(October 17, 2001)
For some time now Palestinians have been warning that because of Israel's assassination of Palestinian leaders, "crossing the red line" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they would respond.

Red Cross Bombed in Kabul Before Presidential Red Cross Visit in Washington
(October 16, 2001)
You gotta love the chutzpa of the Americans. Today the President went a few blocks from the White House to the Headquarters of the American Red Cross -- a little photo op designed to further enlist "the children of America" in his recently announced effort to help the children of Afghanistan. But just as President Bush was getting ready to do his Red Cross pictures reports came in from Afghanistan that the major Red Cross center in Kabul, complete with large Red Cross emblem on its roof, was destroyed by American bombs.

Saudi/U.S. "Meltdown"? And Neutralizing Al Jazeera With A Firm Embrace
(October 16, 2001)
While American and British officials rush to make one TV appearance after another with continual reassurances everything is going "as planned", that's not quite the reality of the situation as this article in today's Guardian makes quite evident.

What Can We Do About Terrorism? by Lt. Col Robert M. Bowman (ret)
(October 15, 2001)
"Mr. President, you did not tell the American people the truth about why we are the targets of terrorism. You said that we are the target because we stand for democracy, freedom, and human rights in the world. Baloney! We are the target of terrorists because we stand for dictatorship, bondage, and human exploitation in the world."

Pentagon Far More Confused and Uncertain Than Americans Realize
(October 15, 2001)
The Bush administration is growing increasingly alarmed by the direction of the military campaign in Afghanistan after a week of almost continuous bombing has failed to dislodge either Osama bin Laden or the Taliban leadership.

Al-Qaeda Weekend Statement
(October 15, 2001)
This isn't really about "secret messages". Anyone with a $300 satellite dish can watch the statements in full, in Arabic, on al Jazeera; and the text is widely available on the Internet, in this case from London and the BBC!

Hundreds Dead in Nigeria
(October 14, 2001)
Hundreds of people have been killed in religious clashes after anti-U.S. protests turned violent, sources have told CNN. The demonstrations against the U.S.-led missile strikes on Afghanistan began peacefully on Friday but spiralled into a killing spree during Saturday, CNN's Lagos bureau chief Jeff Koinange said.

akistan's Benazir Opens Campaign in Washington as Pakistan Trembles Anarchy
(October 14, 2001)
Benazir Bhutto came to Washington this week to open her campaign for a third term as Prime Minister of the world's second largest, and only nuclear armed, Muslim State -- her first two terms she was overthrown, political and financial corruption was rampant, and her arranged husband remains in a Karachi prison.

Iraq Likely To Be Next "Phase"
(October 14, 2001)
A powerful coalition of "hawkish" government officials, lobbyists (especially those connected with the Israelis and the arms corporations), conservative press publications and columnists, many of the national Jewish organizations, as well as millions of Christian fundamentalists associated with Pat Robertson and his daily TV "700 Club" program, is mobilized to make sure that "America's new war" does not end with Afghanistan and al-Qaeda.

Saudi Royals Bugged, Embarrassed, Unstable
(October 13, 2001)
The following information is about to come out in THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE on Monday and is being leaked in Washington this weekend to stir up interest and try to get publicity for the magazine and author on the Sunday talk shows tomorrow.

Attacks and Demonstrations Escalating in Arab and Muslim Countries
(October 13, 2001)
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in various cities in the Middle East to protest the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan. Many more thronged to mosques for Friday prayers throughout the region and heard anti-American sermons.

Western Commando Forces Getting Ready
(October 13, 2001)
This article in The Telegraph today is a good outline of what now seems likely to be immediately ahead in Afghanistan, pushed forward by weather considerations as well as by current expectations that American-sponsored key governments in Pakistan, Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan, as well as the Arafat Regime, will all be able to weather the political storms with much expanded and mostly covert continual help from the western governments and intelligence services.

"War of the Worlds" by Mark Bruzonsky
(October 11, 2001)
In the case of America's new war, the full might of the USA is being mobilized not against the armies of other nation states, but against the fanatical descendants of a puritanical militant Islam whose calling has become relentless opposition to American hegemony and passionate assertion of their own quaintly medieval religious constructs.

Arafat Begs Israelis To Save Him
(October 10, 2001)
It's a most complicated political dance than ever at this historical crossroads. But bottom line Yasser Arafat and his regime have now, even more than before, thrown their future to the Israelis and the now omnipresent CIA...

Uri Avneri - Fronting for Arafat and for a Castrated "Palestinian State"
(October 10, 2001)
The Israeli writer and activist Uri Avneri is "on tour" in the USA on his way to Washington. It shouldn't come as a surprise that a few naive or on- the-take "peace groups" -- Jewish and otherwise -- have invited him to speak.

After Afghanistan, U.S. has Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine in its Sights
(October 10, 2001)
In this case there should be no one saying down the road that they didn't know what was being planned. The Americans have said publicly and in many different ways right from the start of this "new war" that it wasn't going to end with Osama bin Laden, with the Taliban government, or with Afghanistan.

The "Palestinian State" Charade
(October 9, 2001)
Most of the Arab regimes, including that of Yasser Arafat, have proved themselves so co-opted and so gullible over the years that you can't blame the Americans for continuing to try their little tricks and deceptions -- just look how well, at least from their point-of-view, such things have worked in the past..

Anthrax Terrorism Now Likely
(October 9, 2001)
Federal officials suspect foul play rather than an environmental source is at the root of two Florida anthrax cases that have left one man dead and hundreds of co-workers lining up for medical tests.

Biological Attack? Inept or Demonstration?
(October 9, 2001)
Is someone sending a message that they can do it, a kind of primative, and deadly, deterrence attempt to try to protect themselves? Might this be an "inept attack" as today's TIMES in London suggests in its headline? As the third case of Anthrax in Florida is reported this morning, something seems to be up as the following reports indicate.

Bush versus bin Laden - Syria Elected to Security Council
(October 8, 2001)
It's all quite amazing really, President George W. Bush versus Osama bin Laden. On the one hand you have the most powerful man in the world commanding the full might of not only the world's only superpower but a whole entourage of Western European allies, the new Russia, and to a considerable extent at least behind-the-scenes many Arab and Muslim "client regimes".

Arafat's Army Opens Fire On Its Own - More Anthrax in Florida?
(October 8, 2001)
The Palestinian leadership rushed to distance itself Monday from Osama bin Laden while its police forces opened fire on university students protesting the U.S.-led military strikes on Afghanistan.

FBI Knocked...He's Not Home But You Can Find Him at the White House
(October 8, 2001)
Now the world will become much more confusing and dangerous, and the opponents of the American Empire will obviously be forced even deeper underground -- both literally and figuratively -- becoming even more insular and isolated among themselves leading to who knows what kind of future blowback.

US Journalist Warns: "Do not try to change the government in Afghanistan!"
(October 7, 2001)
Late friday evening one of the leading American journalists who is an expert on the Middle East and Islamic affairs was asked a question on CNN to which she immediately briefly answered...and that was more was asked or answered.

"Our Friends are Killers, Crooks and Torturers"
(October 7, 2001)
Surely the British Prime Minister should know better than to try to simplify such a complex world we live in to that understandable by a third-grader. If not we have a little weekend reading Mr. Blair should be doing, starting in one of his own newspapers which we surely hope, especially now, he can find a few moments to read on a regular basis, The Independent.

History Corrected - U.S. Wanted Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
(October 6, 2001)
The world believes that there was an invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union on 24 December 1979 and then, in response, the U.S. and Muslim countries rallied to help Afghanistan repel the invaders. Wrong...just as so much of the widely accepted history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the actual realities of U.S. involvements in the Middle East are wrong because of the manipulation of history by various governments and intelligence agencies -- most especially the U.S. and Israel, the CIA and the Mossad.

(October 6, 2001)
"Could it be that the stygian anger that led to the attacks has its taproot not in American freedom and democracy, but in the US government's record of commitment and support to exactly the opposite things - to military and economic terrorism, insurgency, military dictatorship, religious bigotry and unimaginable genocide (outside America)?"

(October 5, 2001)
The government in Afghanistan, popularly known as The Taliban, has finally taken what could be a significant step. Just hours ago through its official representative in Pakistan the Afghan government has publicly offered to turn Osama bin Laden over...not to the United States, but to another Islamic country.

(October 5, 2001)
"The women in the audience -- academics, union members, mental health workers and advocates for female inmates, embraced her anti-American rhetoric, repeatedly interrupting her with cheers and standing ovations."

(October 5, 2001)
Now we know that a few years ago, when President Bill Clinton was meeting privately one-on-one with the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, the U.S. "hired" the agents of the infamous Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) to assassinate Osama bin Laden.

(October 3, 2001)
The United States and Britain yesterday called off military strikes against terrorist targets in Afghanistan at the last minute. Washington officials say today that a severe attack of last-minute cold feet by some key Arab members of the coalition caused President Bush to postpone the operation.

(October 3, 2001)
Osama bin Laden, arch nemesis of America today, is blowback from recent history -- the Gulf war, the permanent stationing of American forces in Arabia, and other American policies in the region, including the deceptive "peace process" fronting for Israel's brutal subjugation of the Palestinians.

(October 3, 2001)
The American Secretary of Defense is rushing to the Middle East, goal #1 to try one more time to "convince" the Saudis that Prince Sultan Airbase and its super-modern regional control center -- just completed in fact during the summer at a cost of many billions -- is needed for the new war.

(October 2, 2001)
"Drafted with a small coterie of loyal aides, mainly civilian political appointees at the Pentagon, the plans argue for open-ended war without constraint either of time or geography and potentially engulfing the entire Middle East and central Asia... The plans put before the President during the past few days involve expanding the war beyond Afghanistan to include similar incursions by special ops forces - followed by air strikes by the bombers they would guide - into Iraq, Syria and the Beqaa Valley area of Lebanon, where the Syrian-backed Hizbollah (Party of God) fighters that harass Israel are based."

(October 2, 2001)
Anyone with an ear tuned to Washington's politicians, lobbyists, and opinion molders can hear it quite loudly and clearly at this point. After taking down Osama bin Laden's al Queda network (said to be in some 50+ countries), after changing the government in Afghanistan, the American-led crusade (now more politely known by Colin Powell's term "campaign") will attempt to march on through the Middle East, next stop Baghdad.

(October 2, 2001)
It took them who intially talked of "crusade" nearly three weeks to figure out that all the "coalition building" wasn't going nearly as well as they keep saying in public and that doing something about all the Israeli oppression and "terrorism" against the essentially imprisoned Palestinian population would be a good idea in the post 11 September world and before the bombs start falling on Muslims here and there.

(October 1, 2001)
The situation is now so tense in Israel in dealing with the "Palestinian Authority" -- which it should be remembered the Israelis themselves created just a few years ago -- that Shimon Peres is getting more and more desperate.

(October 1, 2001)
The Palestinian opposition is usually very weak and confused. Had that not been the case for some time now Yasser Arafat would never have been able to do the things he has done for so long now, especially since the Gulf War; nor would Arafat have have been able to retain power these past few traumatic years, however weakened himself at this point.

(October 1, 2001)
Yes, it will be very interesting to see if and how Noam Chomsky answers the at first blush surprising attacks from Christopher Hitchens, who has now not only endorsed the new war but also at least parts of the "New World Order" that underpins it.

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