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US State Department's Report on Patterns of Global Terrorism for 2001
The Bombs in India
USES APACHE HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS FOR MORE ASSASSINATIONS
one claimed immediate responsibility for the blast which killed 46 people
and wounded nearly 150, but a government report had just been published
concerning the existence of Hindu ruins under a centuries-old mosque which
was torn down by Hindus in 1992. Ayodhya has been linked to a number of
previous bombings, and that has led authorities to look more closely at
Muslim student groups.
The BBC ,
August 26, 2003
in the Hindu
Abraham in Reuters-AlertNet, August 25, 2003
second round of “targeted killings” in two days used three helicopter-launched
anti-tank missiles to kill four members of Hamas in a car driving on a city
street in Gaza. Eight bystanders were wounded—four of them seriously.
The attack came a few hours after Israel’s chief of staff announced
that all members of Hamas can be considered legitimate targets.
Ha’aretz, August 26, 2003.
OPTIMISTIC ABOUT NEGOTIATIONS WITH HIZBOLLAH
propaganda and spin control on both sides, Israeli negotiators say they
are increasingly optimistic about prisoner exchanges with Hizbollah forces
Ha'aretz, August 26, 2003
FACES THE SHIFTING POWER BALANCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
remains convinced that armed struggle is the only way to repel an occupying
force--in this case, the United States--and it is trying to export its
philosophy to the conflicts in Israel and Iraq. By Mohamad Kawas, Dar
al Hayat (English), London, August 25, 2003.
A “VIETNAM-STYLE” QUAGMIRE IN IRAQ
is clearly not turning out to be the breezy victory originally predicted
by neo-con strategists. The U.S. doesn’t have the troops, the funds
or the expertise to get the job done on its own and foreign countries
are leery about sending their soldiers into combat at the White House’s
bidding. Having destabilized the region, the U.S. can’t simply walk
away. The International Crisis Group assesses the options and the concessions
that Washington is going to have to make to extricate itself from an increasingly
ICG, August 25, 2003
MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST?
Rumsfeld has testified that the war in Iraq currently costs U.S. taxpayers
about $3.9 billion a month. Add another $1.1 billion for U.S. fighter
jets to fly over the U.S.in case they are needed to shoot down hijacked
airliners, and you get an additional bill for U.S. taxpayers of $5 billion
per month with no end or exit plan in sight.The projected fiscal deficit
for 2004 of $475 billion will add up to an increased tax burden of $281
for every man, woman and child in the country, and that is just the beginning.
David R. Francis runs through the numbers in the Christian Science Monitor
(August 25, 2003)
war has produced a windfall for several giant U.S. corporations. It should
be no surprise that a number of them have close connections to individuals
in the Bush White House. Halliburton, which is still paying Dick Cheney
a hefty annual deferred compensation, is getting relatively small change
from tax payer--a mere $3 billion or so. Boeing, which has increased its
Defense Department contract load to $16.6 billion is emerging as a heavy
hitter. Lockheed Martin, the champ, took in $17 billion in 2002, and snapped
up another $7.1 billion in the first quarter of this year, and a $4 billion
multi-year open-ended contract in March to produce C-130 Hercules cargo
planes for the Air Force and Marines. Former Lockheed Martin Vice-President
Bruce Jackson was a finance chair for the “Bush for President”
campaign; Vice-Presidential spouse Lynne Cheney is a former board member
of Lockheed Martin, and used to receive $120,000 per year from the company
for attending a handful of semi-annual board meetings. William Hartung
and Ceara Donnelly provide detailed specifics on who is getting what in
a special report by the World Policy Institute’s Arms Trade Resource
Center, August 2003.
TRAINING FOR PEACE KEEPING?
Center for Defense Information’s Marcus Corbin suggests that it
makes more sense to concentrate on upgrading the training of troops in
the U.S. Army before swelling the ranks with new recruits. A top priority:
more preparation for peace keeping operations.
Marcus Corbin, Center for Defense Information, August 25, 2003
PAKISTAN AND IRAN COLLUDING TO HIDE AL QAEDA?
Trento of the National Security News Service reports that Pakistan’s
intelligence service has for a long time been actively helping Al Qaeda
activists move freely from Pakistan to Iran. The most disturbing news
is that the father of Pakistan’s atomic bomb, Abdul Qadeer Khan,
has reportedly been loaned to Iran in order to accelerate Teheran’s
nuclear development. According to NSNS, Iran’s nuclear development
is being carried out against the advice of iran’s president Khatami,
who is powerless to stop it.
Joe Trento, National Security News Service, August 15, 2003
OF THE TALIBAN
the Afghan-Pakistan border, the Taliban are planning a return with a vengeance.
Asia Times, August 26, 2003
CORDESMAN ASSESSES IRAN’S DEVELOPMENT OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
weapons development was originally driven by its confrontation with Iraq.
Since the end of the Iran-Iraq war, the entire region has been experiencing
a gradual increase in the proliferation of weapons.
Anthony Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies, August
GETS READY TO CONFIRM ITS FIRST TUTSI PRESIDENT
1994 genocide in Rwanda killed an estimated 800,000 people—mostly
Tutsis. Despite that slaughter carried out by Hutu tribesmen, or because
of it, the Tutsis have emerged triumphant in Rwandan politics. In the
first open election since those events, Paul Kagame, a Tutsi, emerged
victorious in an election whose turn out has been nearly 80%, and in which
Kagame's part claimed roughly 94% of the votes cast.
BBC, August 25, 2003
TO CLOSE THE BOOKS ON GENOCIDE
the meantime, Rwanda’s local courts are searching for a way to put
the genocide behind them.
Victoria Brittain, The Nation, August 25, 2oo3
LANKA’S TAMIL REBELS PLOT NEXT MOVE
leaders want to resume peace talks at a Paris hotel, but are cautious
about the government’s take on the situation. A major concession,
though, is the Tamil’s apparent readiness to drop their demands
for their own independent country.
Reuters-AlertNet, August 23, 2003
AUTO SHOW FLIRTS WITH THE HUMMER
show’s star is supposed to be a neon red Lada racing car with hammer
and sickle logos on its hubcaps. It’s called “Revolution.”
But much of the real excitement at Moscow's new auto show has focused
on reports that General Motors is about to sign a contract to have Hummers
assembled in Russia.
The Moscow Times, August 26, 2003
DO THE FRENCH HAVE TO TELL US ABOUT IRAQ?
Pinkerton points out that France knows what it is talking about when it
comments on terrorism and the Middle East. It made many of the mistakes
we are making now during its own colonial period.
Writes Pinkerton: “What’s French for quagmire? I learned the
answer in the wake of the bombing attack that struck United Nations offices
in Baghdad, Iraq.
The word is bourbier. As the left-wing daily Liberation put it, America
has found itself in a “bourbier sanglant a la Vietnamienne’’
— that is, a “bloody quagmire, Vietnam-style.’’
The even more left-wing l’Humanite argued that it’s a bourbier
into which “American leaders are sinking, day to day.’’
The other papers here were kinder, but not much more hopeful. Atop The
Wall Street Journal Europe’s front page was this banner: “Bomb
Attack on UN HQ in Iraq Underscores US Security Crisis.’’
On the front page of Le Monde, the paper of record here, a front-pager
was “Disarray in Washington.’’
And Le Parisien, the daily for the city’s working-stiff subway riders,
offered nearly the same header: “Disarray in the United States.’’
Should Americans care what the French think about our occupation of Iraq?
Not if they’re happy with the way things are going over there. But
for those Americans who think that the United States could use some help
extricating itself from this bourbier, maybe it’s worth pondering
the experience of a country that’s been down this same quagmire
That is, France.
The French, too, went through their expansionary phase. They first set
about colonizing Vietnam, for instance, in the late 19th century; but
in 1954 they were defeated and expelled.
Too bad Americans weren’t paying attention to that dolorous French
precedent when they launched their own Vietnam crusade in the early ‘60s.
Today, the French seem to have a better feel for the dynamics of anti-Western
insurgencies than the American government.
President Bush insists, as always, that there is light at the end of the
tunnel in Iraq. But in the words of Le Parisian: “This new act of
violence confirms that the country is far from being secured. Even if
the Americans are congratulating themselves for having arrested or killed
most of those close to Saddam Hussein over the last three months, the
situation is deteriorating from day to day.’’ So one might
ask, “Who’s got a better handle on the Battle of Baghdad —
the man in the White House or the reader in the Paris subway?’’
Indeed, the words of Le Figaro, the pro-American daily, seem particularly
pointed — and poignant. In an editorial titled ‘’Irak:
les erreurs americaines,” the paper begins by asserting, ‘’In
the West, everyone hopes — or should hope — that the American
pro-consulate won’t come to a bad end.”
Pinkerton, Arab Newws/Al Jazeera, August 2003
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