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Örn., 23.02.2019
Örn., 23.02.2019
20 Kasım 2001
Airdrops of food and medical aid described as of 'negligible value' and 'potentially dangerous'
19 Kasım 2001
According to documents that were intended to have been destroyed almost 40 years ago, top levels of the U.S. military proposed carrying out acts of terrorism against the United States in the early 1960s, in order to drag the United States into a war against Cuba.
19 Kasım 2001
"Let there be no moral ambiguity," thundered Tony Blair a few days ago, even as he was gladly having thrust upon him deeply ambiguous contingency plans for another round of Anglo-American target-practice. This time they will be aiming, not at illegally fabricated no-fly zones over hungry Iraq, but at a population that is hungrier still. The people on the receiving end must rank, by any real (rather than Machiavellian) moral standard, as the most frightened, dispossessed and put-upon mass of civilians anywhere in the world.
19 Kasım 2001
As I watch and hear about the West's "bombs and bread" campaign being waged just over the border, I could almost laugh were the situation not so heartbreaking.
19 Kasım 2001
Was Sulemain Abu Gheit's statement a code? No wonder the Americans asked the Arabic Al-Jazeera channel last night to censor the group's statements off the air. Or was it just a strident appeal? Or a declaration of war? Surely, you might say, Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'ida group – the "foundation'' might be a better translation than the "base'' – had said it all before. Weren't the suicide aircraft attacks of 11 September the declaration of war?
19 Kasım 2001
Messrs Bush and Blair may tell the world they are going to win the "war against terrorism" but in the Middle East, where Osama bin Laden is acquiring almost mythic status among Arabs, they have already lost.
19 Kasım 2001
Just days into this conflict, a dread thought surfaces: what if Osama bin Laden is winning this war? The television pictures tell the opposite story. He is the frail man relying on a stick, hunted quarry chased into a cave. Ranged against him are the mightiest forces in the world, a superpower wielding multi-billion dollar weaponry, backed by a string of wealthy, well-equipped allies. Surely, as Tony Blair told the world via the Labour party conference last week, "This is a battle with only one outcome: our victory, not theirs."
19 Kasım 2001
The disconnect between last Tuesday's monstrous dose of reality and the self-righteous drivel and outright deceptions being peddled by public figures and TV commentators is startling, depressing. The voices licensed to follow the event seem to have joined together in a campaign to infantilize the public. Where is the acknowledgment that this was not a "cowardly" attack on "civilization" or "liberty" or "humanity" or "the free world" but an attack on the world's self-proclaimed superpower, undertaken as a consequence of specific American alliances and actions?
19 Kasım 2001
A few months ago, my old friend Tom Friedman set off for the small Gulf emirate of Qatar, from where, in one of his messianic columns for The New York Times, he informed us that the tiny state's Al-Jazeera satellite channel was a welcome sign that democracy might be coming to the Middle East. Al-Jazeera had been upsetting some of the local Arab dictators – President Mubarak of Egypt for one – and Tom thought this a good idea. So do I. But hold everything. The story is being rewritten. Last week, US Secretary of State Colin Powell rapped the Emir of Qatar over the knuckles because – so he claimed – Al-Jazeera was "inciting anti-Americanism''.
19 Kasım 2001
Two weeks ago, Paul Wolfowitz, the US under secretary of defence, compared Afghanistan to a swamp, which must be drained to catch the snakes that hide there. His analogy may be rather more apt than he intended. Swamps, as everyone knows, are harder to get out of than they are to get into.

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