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     "I am astonished each time I come to the U.S. by the ignorance of a high percentage of the population, which knows almost nothing about Latin America or about the world. It's quite blind and deaf to anything that may happen outside the frontiers of the U.S..
     -- Eduardo Galeano, Latin American writer and historian

     "The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor."
     -- Helen Keller, 1911

     "There is a danger in separating, or even ignoring, issues that are fundamentally related... There is a tendency for campaigning groups to over-specialise, or to address the symptoms, rather than the underlying causes, of societal and environmental breakdown. This tendency, if left unaddressed, could scupper attempts to oppose and supplant the current system of economic globalisation."
     -- John Pilger, U.K.  in Private Planet

     "He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into   plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."
     -- Isaiah 2:4, Christian Bible

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HOW TO HELP
World Trade Center Survivor Database This is a listing of those who SURVIVED 
Berkeley posting site for info on missing and injured persons   [May be busy.]
National "I'm Okay" message center
RED CROSS BLOOD DONOR AND CASH DONATION INFORMATION:
Find out where to donate in your area     OR  Call 1-800-448-3543
American Airlines (U.S.): 1-800-245-0999
Pentagon: 1-877-663-6772
United Airlines (U.S.): 1-800-932-8555

The Dark Side -- Or the Way of Peace?
"An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind" -- Gandhi

Memorable quotes - Counterpunch
  "I say, bomb the hell out of them... If there's collateral damage, so be it. They certainly found our civilians expendable." (New York Post)
   Sen. Orrin Hatch on CIA-backing of Bin Laden: "It was worth it" MSNBC
   Benyamin Netanyahu, former Israeli prime minister, on being asked what the attack means for relations between the US and Israel: "It's very good." -

     Tom Brokaw repeats rumors, Pat Robertson blames "the Arabs" below.  Now the crackdown on Arab-Americans expands and Anti-Islamic violence breaks out around world. Indymedia reports on 9-14 Israel Uses WTC /Pentagon Bombings as Diversion and Excuse for Increased Military Attacks on Palestinians. Competing views on the tragedy and its context are posted on NYC Indymedia.  The big, rich "green" organizations run for cover, Sierra Club, International Rivers Network, Ruckus Society, even Rainforest Action Network -- Afterschocks in Counterpunch, Sept 14.
     But who created Bin Laden and the Taliban? The U.S. and Saudi Arabia, according to Jane's International Security News, MSNBC, the Times of India, and the New York Times.  A detailed history of Bin Laden, the Mujaheddin, and U.S. arms and finance is found in Osama Bin Laden: How the U.S. Helped Midwife a Terrorist   - report in The Public i . This story will not be carried on CNN.

Editorial
Who to Blame, Who to Bomb
     "We have met the enemy, and he is us" - Pogo
     The public--all of us-- felt shock and outrage at the scale of death and destruction in New York. 10,000 to 30,000 dead.  The U.S. Senate just approved a $40 billion emergency package for counter-terrorism efforts and for rescue and recovery, expecting economic losses in the billions. The question is Why? Who would want to do this to us? How should we react? Yet the public debate is confined to avoiding repression at home, and the best way to stop terrorism and take out every potential enemy on the planet, as Netanyahu has told the U.S., "Terror cannot be defeated unless it is completely uprooted". The spin tells us that terrorists have "conflicting motives" and "thorough disregard for human life", but don't tell us why. The managed media keeps the reason why out of the news. What could motivate so many suicide bombers?
     But the politicians and the military brass know the reason why, and what it will take to stop it. They got us into this mess.
     Nobody can get on national TV and relate all the past and current U.S. military actions around the globe. Richard Falk, professor of international relations at Princeton, put it this way: "Western foreign policy is presented almost exclusively through a self-righteous, one-way legal/moral screen (with) positive images of Western values and innocence portrayed as threatened, validating a campaign of unrestricted political violence."
     But the rest of the world knows about the defenseless nations and the millions of innocent civilians that have suffered or perished under U.S. military bombardment and economic sanctions, and military aid to repressive, torture regimes   - see "Reaping the Whirlwind", such as Iraq and other nations like Sudan where Clinton bombed a pharmaceuticals plant with "no credible pretext " and tens of thousands likely died in the aftermath as Chomsky noted. For an eye-opener, go to Federation of American Scientists search and type in civilian deaths.
     "Unconstrained by any superpower rival or system of global governance, the US giant has rewritten the global financial and trading system in its own interest; ripped up a string of treaties it finds inconvenient; sent troops to every corner of the globe; bombed Afghanistan, Sudan, Yugoslavia and Iraq without troubling the United Nations; maintained a string of murderous embargos against recalcitrant regimes; and recklessly thrown its weight behind Israel's 34-year illegal military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza as the Palestinian intifada rages." - Terrorism in the US, The Guardian, UK
     Telling them they only hurt their own cause does nothing to stop suicide bombings when they have nothing left to lose, homes buldozed, lands occupied, families buried. We know what we have to do now. They want the U.S. military to halt the death and destruction visited upon them, and show some concern for the millions of innocent civilians in THEIR countries. Genuine patriotism and concern for our own people should prompt us to demand our politicians halt the cause of terrorism, not  escalate the very policies that provoke it.
  
They can't see why they are hated
     Americans cannot ignore what their government does abroad -- Special report: Terrorism in the US -- Thursday September 13, 2001 The Guardian, UK  below
Reaping the whirlwind
Special report: Terrorism in the US -- Wednesday September 12, 2001 - The Guardian, UK
     "In Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and other countries whose populations are in sympathy with those who have been under remorseless US bombardment, people will consider the US to have had to swallow some of their own medicine.
     "After all, they will say, cruise missiles, apache helicopter gunships, F16s, smart bombs, depleted uranium bombs and all the other US ordinance visited by American forces or their Israeli allies on "rogue states" paid scant regard to the fate of the civilians amongst whom they exploded. "
Who Saw It Coming?
From Counterpunch By Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St Clair
     ""Freedom," said George Bush in Sarasota in the first sentence of his first reaction, "was attacked this morning by a faceless coward." That properly represents the stupidity and blindness of almost all Tuesday's mainstream political commentary.
     "Absent national political leadership, the burden of rallying the nation fell as usual upon the TV anchors ...   By early evening on Tuesday America's national security establishment were calling for a removal of all impediments on the assassination of foreign leaders. Led by President Bush, they were endorsing the prospect of attacks not just on the  perpetrators but on those who might have harbored them. From the nuclear priesthood is coming the demand that mini-nukes be deployed on a preemptive basis against the enemies of America.  The targets abroad will be all the usual suspects...
     "The commentators were similarly incapable of explaining with any depth the likely context of the attacks; that these attacks might be the consequence of the recent Israeli rampages in the Occupied Territories that have included assassinations of Palestinian leaders and the slaughter of Palestinian civilians with the use of American aircraft; that these attacks might also stem from the sanctions against Iraq that have seen upward of a million children die..."
"Why I Resigned My UN Post in Protest of Sanctions," by Denis Halliday. November 5, 1998 - Harvard Speech Transcript (In this talk, Halliday talks about the impact of the sanctions on health-care and mortality rates, the social, educational, and cultural consequences of sanctions, and what options he sees.) at Iraqaction.org
A Call to Action on Sanctions and the U.S. War Against the People of Iraq, by Noam Chomsky, Edward Herman, Edward Said, and Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn on Democracy Now (10 minutes) Sep 13 NYC Indymedia audio
Skolnick - US Government Had Prior Knowledge Of Emergency
Was a fourth plane shot down because it aborted the mission? And contradicting their earlier denial:  FBI Does Not Rule Out Shootdown of Penn. Airplane
US Pulled Plug On 500 Arab/Muslim Websites Day Before Jetliner Attack
Some call Attacks A Colossal Failure For US Intelligence
The unfolding stories in Pravda.ru  (English version)
Enemy Could Lie Without—or Within
     Village Voice -  September 11—Whether or not the U.S. pins the blame for today's terror attacks in New York and Washington on the mysterious Osama bin Laden, these events almost surely will provide President Bush with a broad new mandate to widen the U.S. role in the Middle East. They might even give him a chance to become the hero of a second Persian Gulf War.
    Pittsburg Post-Gazette  "While experts uniformly ruled out domestic terrorist groups, such as far-right militias or white supremacists as potential suspects, some American citizens already have been linked to Middle Eastern terrorists. Kelvin Smith, a former U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer, is serving a prison sentence for training terrorists linked to those who first attacked the World Trade Center. Smith was accused of training the group at a retreat in Perry County, near Harrisburg, in the early 1990s".
BrzezinskiOsama Bin Laden: How the U.S. Helped Midwife a Terrorist  - report in The Public i
"None of the intelligence agencies involved wanted to consider the consequences of bringing together thousands of Islamic radicals from all over the world. "What was more important in the world view of history? The Taliban or the fall of the Soviet Empire? A few stirred-up Muslims or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?" said Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former US National Security Adviser. American citizens woke up to the consequences only when Afghanistan- trained Islamic militants blew up the World Trade Center in New York in 1993, killing six people and injuring 1,000."
And more background on the World Policeman
Real Terror Network : Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda by Edward S. Herman
The War on Islam , the Wisdom Fund - "$500 billion of unnecessary spending went to fight the bogey of Islamic fundamentalism" "exposes the hype about rogue states, Islamic terrorism and human rights used to justify the war on Islam"
The War for Palestine : Rewriting the History of 1948 (Cambridge Middle East Studies, 15) by Eugene L. Rogan (Editor), Avi Shlaim (Editor), Edward W. Said (Afterword)
U.S. history of war on civilians as a strategy "Dating back to the founding of the Republic, this military tradition explicitly defended the selective use of terror, whether in suppressing Indian resistance on the frontiers in the 19th Century or in quelling rebellion against U.S. interests abroad in the 20th Century. The American people are largely oblivious to this hidden tradition because most of the literature advocating state-sponsored terror is carefully confined to national security circles and rarely spills out into the public debate"
U.S. government assasination plots since 1949 against 34 foreign leaders
234 Instances of Use of United States Forces Abroad, 1798 - 1993. by Ellen C. Collier, Specialist in U.S. Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division, Washington DC: Congressional Research Service -- Library of Congress
A Century of U.S. Military Interventions, From Wounded Knee to Yugoslavia, a partial list of U.S. military interventions from 1890 to 1999
Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II by William Blum
The U.S. Invasion of Panama - The Truth Behind Operation 'Just Cause' - The Independent Commission of Inquiry on the U.S. Invasion of Panama
Pearl Harbor, Mother of All Conspiracies, the book
Military Civil Disturbance Planning The War at Home
State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program
Bureau of Justice assistance, The RISS Program, 1998,
CIA Incursions Throughout the World Iran Vietnam Dominican Republic Guatemala Cuba Chile Indonesia Congo Libya East Timor Brazil & a couple dozen other countries
Brief Bibliography for U.S. War Crimes, Foreign Policy Watchdog
Exposing the Global Surveillance System, about Project ECHELON - CAQ
U.S. Military and Corporate Recolonization of the CongoPentagon Proposed Pretexts for Cuba Invasion - from National Security Archive
Chile Documentation Project, National Security Archives
Guatamala Documentation Project, National Security Archives
Honduras Documentation Project, National Security Archives
'CIA worked with Pakistan to create Taliban' "I warned them that we were creating a monster," Selig Harrison from the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars" The US provided $3 billion for building up these Islamic groups, and it accepted Pakistan's demand that they should decide how this money should be spent, Harrison said.  "Harrison, who has written five books on Asian affairs and US relations with Asia, has had extensive contact with the CIA and political leaders in South Asia. Harrison was a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace between 1974 and 1996." (C) 'Times of India', 2001
Weiner, Tim. "Blowback from the Afghan Battlefield."   New York Times, 13 Mar.  1994. "In the five years since the Soviets withdrew, tens of thousands of Islamic radicals, outcasts, visionaries and gunmen from some 40 nations have come to Afghanistan to learn the lessons of the jihad, the holy war, to train for armed insurrection, to bring the struggle back home.... The sole field of victory for C.I.A.-backed 'freedom fighters' in the 1980's has become an international center for the training and indoctrination of terrorists.... In these training centers, the foreigners learn about guerrilla warfare, antiaircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. Much in demand, but too precious to fire in training, is the Stinger antiaircraft missile, supplied by the hundreds to the Afghans by the C.I.A. in the 1980's."
Lost History: Marcos, Money & Treason
Lost History: Contras, Dirty Money & CIA
Doubts on a Massacre: Media Ignore Questions About Incident That Sparked Kosovo
War

Washington Finances Ethnic Warfare in the Balkans by Michel Chossudovsky
The Long Secret Alliance Uncle Sam and Pol Pot - John Pilger
Lest We Forget - by Wendell Berry
A Media Day In Infamy , from AlterNet September 11, 2001
     Historically, when national and local media respond to a breaking emergency, speculation and hyperbole take over. On Tuesday morning we witnessed, again, how powerful media images can electrify a world instantly; and, how we in the media sometimes use our power irresponsibly.  For hours in the morning, Tom Brokaw and NBC were reporting that the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine -- along with Hamas, one of the two groups responsible for many of the suicide bombings in Israel -- had claimed responsibility for the attack. That unsubstantiated claim turned out to be based upon one anonymous phone call to Abu Dhabi television, but it lasted for hours, until a DFLP spokesman could call and explicitly disavow it. 
     That was just the tip of it. Speculation was rampant, on absolutely no evidence, that someone Islamic -- usually Osama bin Laden -- was responsible, but that speculation often broadly invoked "Islam" as responsible -- using every adherant of one of the world's largest religions, with a couple of billion believers, as shorthand for "terrorist." Pat Robertson was on the 700 Club within an hour, blaming Islam itself, and later, on Fox, talking about Satan and Arabs. It was reminiscent of what turned out to be grossly inaccurate reports, in the first few hours after the Oklahoma City bombing, that "Arabs" were behind it. If I were Arab-American, I'd be scared.

They can't see why they are hated
Americans cannot ignore what their government does abroad
Special report: Terrorism in the US - Thursday September 13, 2001
The Guardian, UK
     Nearly two days after the horrific suicide attacks on civilian workers in New York and Washington, it has become painfully clear that most Americans simply don't get it. From the president to passersby on the streets, the message seems to be the same: this is an inexplicable assault on freedom and democracy, which must be answered with overwhelming force - just as soon as someone can construct a credible account of who was actually responsible. 
     Shock, rage and grief there has been aplenty. But any glimmer of recognition of why people might have been driven to carry out such atrocities, sacrificing their own lives in the process - or why the United States is hated with such bitterness, not only in Arab and Muslim countries, but across the developing world - seems almost entirely absent. Perhaps it is too much to hope that, as rescue workers struggle to pull firefighters from the rubble, any but a small minority might make the connection between what has been visited upon them and what their government has visited upon large parts of the world.
     But make that connection they must, if such tragedies are not to be repeated, potentially with even more devastating consequences. US political leaders are doing their people no favours by reinforcing popular ignorance with self-referential rhetoric. And the echoing chorus of Tony Blair, whose determination to bind Britain ever closer to US foreign policy ratchets up the threat to our own cities, will only fuel anti-western sentiment. So will calls for the defence of "civilisation", with its overtones of Samuel Huntington's poisonous theories of post-cold war confrontation between the west and Islam, heightening perceptions of racism and hypocrisy.
     As Mahatma Gandhi famously remarked when asked his opinion of western civilisation, it would be a good idea. Since George Bush's father inaugurated his new world order a decade ago, the US, supported by its British ally, bestrides the world like a colossus. Unconstrained by any superpower rival or system of global governance, the US giant has rewritten the global financial and trading system in its own interest; ripped up a string of treaties it finds inconvenient; sent troops to every corner of the globe; bombed Afghanistan, Sudan, Yugoslavia and Iraq without troubling the United Nations; maintained a string of murderous embargos against recalcitrant regimes; and recklessly thrown its weight behind Israel's 34-year illegal military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza as the Palestinian intifada rages.
     If, as yesterday's Wall Street Journal insisted, the east coast carnage was the fruit of the Clinton administration's Munich-like appeasement of the Palestinians, the mind boggles as to what US Republicans imagine to be a Churchillian response.
     It is this record of unabashed national egotism and arrogance that drives anti-Americanism among swaths of the world's population, for whom there is little democracy in the current distribution of global wealth and power. If it turns out that Tuesday's attacks were the work of Osama bin Laden's supporters, the sense that the Americans are once again reaping a dragons' teeth harvest they themselves sowed will be overwhelming.
     It was the Americans, after all, who poured resources into the 1980s war against the Soviet-backed regime in Kabul, at a time when girls could go to school and women to work. Bin Laden and his mojahedin were armed and trained by the CIA and MI6, as Afghanistan was turned into a wasteland and its communist leader Najibullah left hanging from a Kabul lamp post with his genitals stuffed in his mouth.
     But by then Bin Laden had turned against his American sponsors, while US-sponsored Pakistani intelligence had spawned the grotesque Taliban now protecting him. To punish its wayward Afghan offspring, the US subsequently forced through a sanctions regime which has helped push 4m to the brink of starvation, according to the latest UN figures, while Afghan refugees fan out across the world.
     All this must doubtless seem remote to Americans desperately searching the debris of what is expected to be the largest-ever massacre on US soil - as must the killings of yet more Palestinians in the West Bank yesterday, or even the 2m estimated to have died in Congo's wars since the overthrow of the US-backed Mobutu regime. "What could some political thing have to do with blowing up office buildings during working hours?" one bewildered New Yorker asked yesterday. 
     Already, the Bush administration is assembling an international coalition for an Israeli-style war against terrorism, as if such counter-productive acts of outrage had an existence separate from the social conditions out of which they arise. But for every "terror network" that is rooted out, another will emerge - until the injustices and inequalities that produce them are addressed. 

Collateral Damage - US military from Americas.org
injured in Panama by US land mine
At military bases around the world, the United States refuses to clean up its deadly mess

On the eastern end of Vieques, U.S.
military exercises have infused toxic
chemicals and heavy metals into the air,
soil and groundwater. PHOTO: Vieques Libre

The Arms Trade is Big Business
The global military expenditure and arms trade form the largest spending in the world at approximately 800 billion dollars, annually in expenditure. In 2000, worldwide arms sales rose to 36.9 billion dollars (up from 34 billion in 1999). Of that, 25.4 billion dollars in arms transfer agreements were to poor countries. Furthermore, U.S. sales in 2000 were approximately half of the total, and 68 percent of U.S. weapons output in 2000 was bought by poor countries. All this from a new U.S. Congressional Research Service Report titled "Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 1993 - 2000". The arms trade is big business. In terms of military expenditure (including sales, military budgets etc), the world spends 800 billion dollars approximately, per year (while the U.S. military budget is around 300 billion dollars per year). Globalissues.org - Find Out More
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