Last month the only television channel allowed to report from Taliban territory in Afghanistan, Qatar's al-Jazeera station, said air strikes had killed 93 civilians in the village of Chowkar-Karez, 25 miles north of Kandahar, according to Taliban sources.
On September 11, soon after the two jets were crashed into the World Trade Centre, an internet poll was set up by one of America's leading search engines. It said: "This time have the terrorists gone too far?" Hmmm - a tricky one to call, but apparently most people voted "yes". Perhaps this was an elaborate surveillance scam by the CIA.
"Smoking them out of their holes"? "Wanted dead or alive"? President Bush says that he wants justice, but the United States seems close to sanctioning hit squads and liquidation. A new policy for America, maybe – but it's an old policy in the Middle East where assassination, kidnapping and murder squads have been a normal part of local "justice" for decades.
Events of the past week have underlined both the importance and pitfalls that beset discussion of international affairs. All areas of political and social life involve controversy and commitment: this is as true of debates on the family, the role of the state in the economy, education and the causes of crime.
We are witnessing this weekend one of the most epic events since the Second World War, certainly since Vietnam. I am not talking about the ruins of the World Trade Centre in New York and the grotesque physical scenes which we watched on 11 September, an atrocity which I described last week as a crime against humanity (of which more later).
They make alliances, the men who are clandestinely trying to change the Middle East. They break the rules of every intelligence agency, outfox the CIA and Mossad; they are the nightmare of every security man and every sub-editor. They lie about the extent of their power every bit as much as the spooks lie about them.
70'ler boyunca gittikçe bir çılgınlık haline gelen Disco 80'lerin başında kendini tüketti. Basın Disco'nun öldüğünü ilan etti ve bir "Disco Sucks" kampanyası başlattı. İnsanlar tuhaf bir şekilde Chicago'da Komishi parkında biraraya gelip eski Disco plaklarını yaktılar. Oysa Disco ölmemiş, çıkış noktası olan underground'a dönmüştü.
No one is sure if we are any closer to defeating Bin Laden, but already this war has produced plenty of winners - from the singer Enya to Lloyd's of London. A special report on the people and companies who have benefited from September 11 and events since then
Like all Americans, on Tuesday, 9-11, I was shocked and horrified to watch the WTC Twin Towers attacked by hijacked planes and collapse, resulting in the deaths of perhaps up to 10,000 innocent people.