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3. Some things you need to know before the world ends
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Hand-in-hand with his threat warnings, Bush keeps telling us how his War on Terror has made us so much safer, bragging that there hasn't been a terrorist attack in the United States in the five years since the one of September 11, 2001. Marvelous. There wasn't a terrorist attack in the United States in the five years before that day either. But thanks to the War on Terror -- particularly the bombing, invasion, occupation, and torture of Afghanistan and Iraq -- numerous new anti-American terrorists have been created since that historic day. The latest confirmation of this, if any more were needed, is the recently leaked National Intelligence Estimate conclusion that "the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and ... the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks."<1>
Since the first strike on Afghanistan in October 2001 there have been literally scores of terrorist attacks against American institutions and individuals in the Middle East, South Asia and the Pacific, more than a dozen in Pakistan alone: military, diplomatic, civilian, Christian, and other targets associated with the United States, including the October 2002 bombings of two nightclubs in Bali, Indonesia, which killed more than 200 people, almost all of them Americans and citizens of their Australian and British war allies; the following year brought the heavy bombing of the US-managed Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, the site of diplomatic receptions and 4th of July celebrations held by the American Embassy; and other horrendous attacks on US war allies in recent years in Madrid, London, and elsewhere.
A US State Department report of 2004 on worldwide terrorist attacks -- "Patterns of Global Terrorism" -- showed that the year 2003 had more "significant terrorist incidents" than at any time since the department began issuing statistics in 1985, even though the figures did not include attacks on US troops by insurgents in Iraq, which the Bush administration explicitly labels as "terrorist".<2> When their report for 2004 showed an even higher number of incidents, the State Department announced that it was going to stop publishing the annual statistics.<3>
It is extremely difficult and threatening for US and UK officials to accept the correlation between their foreign policies and the rise of terrorists. A spokesman for the Blair government recently declared: "Al-Qaida started killing innocent civilians in the 90s. It killed Muslim civilians even before 9/11, and the attacks on New York and Washington killed over 3,000 people before Iraq. To imply al-Qaida is driven by an honest disagreement over foreign policy is a mistake."<4> Vice President Dick Cheney, on more than one occasion, has also pointed out that terrorists were attacking American targets even before 9-11. |
The "reasoning" behind such thinking is odd; it's as if these esteemed gentlemen believe that there was no Western foreign policy in the Mideast before September 11, 2001. But of course, even in modern times, there were decades of awful abuse, including the US overthrow of the Iranian government in 1953, multiple bombings of Libya and Iraq, sinking an Iranian ship and shooting down an Iranian passenger plane, habitual support of Israel against the Palestinian people, and much more.<5>
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  -William Blum seemslikeadream  May-03-08 01:48 PM   #0 
  - If you flip over the rock of American foreign policy of the past century, this is what crawls out ..  seemslikeadream   May-03-08 01:59 PM   #1 
  - ''Reagan Was the Butcher of My People:'' Fr. Miguel DEscoto  Octafish   May-04-08 02:06 PM   #19 
  - Written February 1998  seemslikeadream   May-03-08 02:03 PM   #2 
  - Iraqi people are victims of empire.  Octafish   May-03-08 06:11 PM   #15 
  - Some things you need to know before the world ends  seemslikeadream   May-03-08 02:15 PM   #3 
  - His books are a must read for my children  leftchick   May-03-08 02:50 PM   #4 
  - William Blum has long pegged the Empire for what it is.  Octafish   May-03-08 03:21 PM   #5 
  - 'CIA also stands for "Capitalism's Invisible Army."' One of my fave old pieces is by Steve Kangas  scarletwoman   May-03-08 05:58 PM   #14 
     - It also means ''Conspiracies In Action.''  Octafish   May-03-08 06:25 PM   #16 
  - Hiroshima: Needless Slaughter, Useful Terror  Octafish   May-03-08 03:29 PM   #6 
  - Anthrax for Export - U.S. companies sold Iraq the ingredients for a witch's brew  Octafish   May-03-08 03:37 PM   #7 
  - And here I thought he was just another conspiracy theorist  seemslikeadream   May-03-08 03:59 PM   #9 
     - Uruguay 1964-1970: Torture as American as apple pie  Octafish   May-03-08 05:28 PM   #12 
  - Kicking to read later.  bonito   May-03-08 03:52 PM   #8 
  - Telling the truth....  hwmnbn   May-03-08 04:00 PM   #10 
  - the video interview was done by a friend I met here on DU  G_j   May-03-08 04:04 PM   #11 
  - Wow! That is so COOL!!!! Well done!  scarletwoman   May-03-08 06:30 PM   #17 
     - it is!  G_j   May-03-08 08:33 PM   #18 
  - k&r -- thanks for keeping this man and his words visible. (nt)  scarletwoman   May-03-08 05:38 PM   #13 
  - Superb. nt  flashl   May-05-08 03:21 PM   #20 
 

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