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Posts Tagged ‘war on terrorism

9/11 and the antidemocratic decade that followed

September 11, 2011

Ten years after 9/11, we have failed miserably in our attempts to bring about justice for our countrymen who died that day. Indeed, whatever success America has had in routing out terrorists over the past decade has been overshadowed by the new society in which we live. A month after the World Trade Center crumbled […]

Cindy Sheehan on Wikileaks diplomatic cables

December 1, 2010

An excerpt of an article by Cindy Sheehan and the Peace Movement: While only a tiny fraction of the U.S. diplomatic cables scheduled for publication by Wikileaks have thus far been made available, some conclusions can already be drawn. Much of the pressure for war appears to come from within the United States, whose representatives […]

Common Myths about Muslims and the War on Terrorism

November 21, 2010

Is it true that ‘while not all Muslims are terrorists, all terrorists are Muslims’? Plenty of non-Muslims have carried out terrorist acts. Here’s a partial list. • Timothy McVeigh was convicted of detonating a truck bomb in front of the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995, which resulted in 168 deaths. He was Catholic. • […]

The War on Terror a war like no other a war without end

September 12, 2010

September 11 is the date that lives in history. And September 12 is always the day that reminds us that the war may never end. We realize anew that the uncertain slog continues, that the year ahead will be one in which unseen and hazily defined enemies continue to wish ill on a United States […]

Why does the U.S. refuse to probe Bush era torture?

August 20, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a Canadian man who contends that U.S. authorities mistook him for an al Qaeda operative and shipped him to a secret prison in Syria, where he was beaten with electrical cables and held in a grave-like cell for 10 months. And this despite the fact […]

Hidden toll of US wars: 18 veterans commit suicide daily

May 4, 2010

An average of 18 US military veterans are taking their lives every day. The stunning figure was reported last week by the Army Times, citing officials in the US Veterans Affairs Department. The greatest growth in suicides has taken place among veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who accounted for 1,868 suicide […]

Excuses for the toll of civilian deaths during war

August 31, 2009

The repeated excuse for [the toll of civilian deaths during] war is that terrorists hide among civilians. Therefore the killing of innocent people is “accidental” (ie U.S. in Iraq or Afghanistan) whereas the deaths caused by terrorists are “deliberate”. This is a false distinction. If a bomb is deliberately dropped on a house or a […]

The elusive triumphs of the War on Terrorism

August 14, 2009

Excerpts of an article by Howard Zinn, written in “The Progressive”: In the many years of the Iraq War, the United States has failed utterly in its claimed objective of bringing democracy and stability to Iraq. I remember John Hersey’s novel The War Lover, in which a macho American pilot, who loves to drop bombs […]

The Timeless Refrain of Returning from War

August 8, 2009

It’s a timeless refrain sounded by generation after generation of soldiers returning from combat. But what sets Iraq war veterans apart is not just the kind of war they are fighting but the mood of the country they are coming home to. The United States that Iraq veterans are returning to is relatively indifferent, many […]