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Citatendossier over 11 september 2001

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Sinds 11 september 2001 is er een wereldwijde woordenstrijd uitgevochten. Hier volgen 34 opmerkelijke uitspraken uit commentaren, artikelen en reportages over de aanslagen op Amerika en de strijd tegen het islamitische terrorisme, voorafgegaan door drie eerdere teksten om de achtergronden te belichten. Het is geen historisch overzicht, maar een verzameling van feiten en meningen die mijns inziens meer aandacht verdienen, ook al zeggen sommige meer over de spreker dan over de gebeurtenissen. Voor nieuwsberichten van de dag zelf kunt u beter kijken naar deze verzameling.

Deze selectie is partijdig, pro-Amerikaans, maar niet helemaal eenzijdig; ik heb opzettelijk vrij lange citaten vanuit verschillende standpunten bij elkaar gezet op één pagina, om een soort virtueel debat tot stand te brengen. Wie meer kritiek op de oorlog in Afghanistan wil lezen, moet maar eens hier kijken, of hier, of hier.

De meeste citaten zijn in het Engels geschreven, de rest in het Nederlands. Bij een aantal artikelen heb ik geen datum gevonden, of geen complete tekst op het web - tips zijn welkom.

Verder ben ik nog op zoek naar een artikel over het verband met de roman "The Secret Agent" van Joseph Conrad uit 1907, met als conclusie dat Conrad protesteerde tegen het moderne denken dat mensen indeelde in abstracte categorieën, een denkwijze die de anarchistische terroristen deelden met politie, pers en autoriteiten. Graag een mailtje als u denkt te weten welk artikel ik bedoel.

Datum Auteur/spreker Onderwerp
23 februari 1998 Osama bin Laden 'Fatwah' urging jihad against Americans
Ongedateerd Anoniem "The Koran and sword"
20 juni 2001 Mohsen Makhmalbaf Limbs of no body: World's indifference to the Afghan tragedy
11 september 2001 Joseph Sobran "Who has reason to hate this country?"
11 september 2001 PVDA (B) "Allerlei hypotheses mogelijk"
14 september 2001 Tamim Ansary "New bombs would only stir the rubble of earlier bombs"
14 september 2001 Jerry Fallwell "You helped this happen"
15 september 2001 Richard Dawkins Religion's misguided missiles
17 september 2001 Maggie Gallagher What we fight to protect
19 september 2001 Ton Crijnen "Djihad als 'oorlog tegen ongelovigen'"
29 september 2001 Yasha "De vraag is niet of Amerika bloed aan zijn handen heeft"
29 september 2001 Koen Koch Buiksprekers van terrorisme
oktober 2001 (?) Bas Heijne Een nationale psychose
4 oktober 2001 Roel Janssen "De verwevenheid van godsdienst en staat"
5 oktober 2001 Mikel Board "WE LOST THIS ONE"
oktober 2001 (?) Farrukh Dhondy Our Islamic Fifth Column
19 oktober 2001 Mustafa Tlass Syrian defense minister blames WTC, Pentagon attacks on Israel
21 oktober 2001 Nicholas Hellen ULTRA ZEALOTS
30 oktober 2001 Robert Tracinski A War against Islam
november 2001 (?) Hans Jansen "Zijn dan alle moslims (...) fundamentalist?"
3 november 2001 The Guardian "It looks like a long fight"
6 november 2001 Mohammed Junaid "I'm willing to kill the Americans"
12 november 2001 Paul Hollander World's most dangerous hatred
13 november 2001 Paul Rosenmöller GL steunt bombardementen niet meer
19 november 2001 Theo van Gogh Perverse onnozelheid
23 november 2001 Barry Farber "THE TERRORISTS HAVE LOST"
3 december 2001 Zahira Zahir Afghan Has a Blade at Bush's Neck
20 december 2001 Jonathan Rosenblum "The total failure of Middle East scholars"
22 december 2001 Karimpour Ismael "Met hun pennen (...) zijn de journalisten de echte vredessoldaten"
28 december 2001 Laurie Kerr The Mosque to Commerce
december 2001 (?) Tristin Laughter "The people who killed Karleton are not my people"
4 januari 2002 Emma Young Mass starvation averted in Afghanistan
9 januari 2002 Ann Coulter If the profile fits...
22 januari 2002 Steve Dunleavy Torturing the truth
13 februari 2002 David Brin David Brin's Naked Truth About Privacy
25 februari 2002 Donald Rumsfeld You can only defend by finding terrorists and rooting them out
11 maart 2002 Lee Howard Hodges Victimology

  Ich bin ein New Yorker

The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies--civilians and military--is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty God, "and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together," and "fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God." (...)

Almighty God also says "O ye who believe, what is the matter with you, that when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of God, ye cling so heavily to the earth! Do ye prefer the life of this world to the hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place; but Him ye would not harm in the least. For God hath power over all things."

- Text of Fatwah Urging Jihad against Americans, Arabisch origineel gepubliceerd in Al-Quds al-'Arabi, 23 februari 1998.

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The young men returning to Allah realized that Islam is not just performing rituals but a complete system: Religion and government (etc.)

These young men realized that an Islamic government would never be established except by the bomb and rifle (etc.)

- Anoniem, vertaling van een Arabisch handboek getiteld "Military Studies in the Jihad Against the Tyrants", ongedateerd.

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I personally do not recollect any nation whose population was reduced by 10 percent via mortality and 30 percent through migration and yet faced so much indifference from the world. The total number of people killed and refugees in Afghanistan equals the entire Palestinian population but even us Iranians' share of sympathy for Afghanistan does not reach 10 percent of that for Palestine or Bosnia, despite the fact that we have a common language and border. (...)

In the Niatak refugee camp (border of Iran-Afghanistan) that accommodates 5,000 residents, it is not easy for Pashtoon and Hazareh children to play with each other. This sometimes leads to mutual aggression. Tajiks and Hazarehs find Pashtoons their greatest enemy on earth and vice versa. None of them are even willing to attend each other's mosques for prayers. We had difficulty seating their children next to each other to watch a movie. They offered a compromise wherein Hazareh and Pashtoon children took turns watching. Many diseases were prevalent in this camp and there were no doctors. When a doctor was brought in from the city, the camp residents didn't give priority to treating those who were most ill. Only a tribal order was accepted. They appointed a day for Hazareh patients and another for Pashtoons. In addition, class distinctions among the Pashtoons prevented them from coming to the clinic on the same day. (...)

An Afghan woman has to maintain herself so that she won't be forgotten in the competition with her rivals. Polygamy is quite common among young men too, and has turned many Afghan homes into harems. Although the marriage allowance is so high that getting married means buying a woman, I saw old men, while filming, give away 10-year old girls and with the marriage price that they received, considered marrying other 10-year old girls for them selves. It seems that limited capital is exchanged from one hand to the other to replace girls from one house to the other. Among them there are women who have an age difference of 30 to 50 years with their husbands.

- Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Limbs of no body: World's indifference to the Afghan tragedy, The Iranian, 20 juni 2001.

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Who has reason to hate this country? Only a few hundred million people - Arabs, Muslims, Serbs, and numerous others whose countries have been hit by U.S. bombers. (...)

Foreigners aren’t quite real to Americans, and most Americans are unaware of how profoundly their government antagonizes much of the human race. We are easy-going people who generally have no idea how bullying we seem to foreigners. Until now, we have had no experience of what the U.S. Government has so often inflicted on others. Now, at least, we have an inkling of what it feels like. (...)

"To understand all is to forgive all," says the French aphorism. Not true. But understanding all can at least teach you how to avoid making enemies, and avoiding making enemies is the best defense - better than a $300 billion 'defense' budget that didn’t defend the World Trade Center. (...)

The United States is now a global empire that wants to think of itself as a universal benefactor, and is nonplussed when foreigners don’t see it that way. None of the earlier empires of this world, as far as I know, shared this delusion; the Romans, the Mongols, the British, the Russians and Soviets didn’t expect to rule and to be loved at the same time. Why do we?

Chamberlain: 'Peace for our time'
  'Avoiding making enemies is the best defense'

- Joseph Sobran, The Unknown Enemy, 11 september 2001.

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De machtigste imperialistische natie, die er sinds de val van de Muur prat op gaat de onbetwiste gendarm van deze planeet te zijn, wordt voor het eerst op eigen bodem geconfronteerd met aanvallen die duizenden burgerslachtoffers maken, net zoals de Vietnamese, Iraakse, Joegoslavische en zovele andere volkeren dat eerder hebben ondergaan, op een nog veel grotere schaal, van de kant van het Amerikaanse leger. (...)

In een wereld verscheurd door economische, politieke en militaire tegenstellingen zijn allerlei hypotheses mogelijk wat betreft de daders van deze aanvallen.

Desondanks doen het gesofisticeerde technische niveau en de hoge risicograad in een streng bewaakt land als de Verenigde Staten het vermoeden rijzen dat een dergelijke onderneming nooit mogelijk geweest kan zijn zonder medewerking vanuit de kern van de Amerikaanse geheime diensten of andere parallelle organisaties. (...)

Deze aanslagen kunnen ook tot doel hebben om de bezorgdheid van het Amerikaanse volk over de economische en sociale problemen weg te trekken, nu de werkloosheid en de armoede een ongekende vlucht kent in de VS.

- Politiek Bureau van de Partij van de Arbeid van België, Standpunt van het Politiek Bureau van de Partij van de Arbeid naar aanleiding van de aanslagen in de Verenigde Staten, 11 september 2001.

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New bombs would only stir the rubble of earlier bombs. Would they at least get the Taliban? Not likely. In today's Afghanistan, only the Taliban eat, only they have the means to move around. They'd slip away and hide. Maybe the bombs would get some of those disabled orphans, they don't move too fast, they don't even have wheelchairs. But flying over Kabul and dropping bombs wouldn't really be a strike against the criminals who did this horrific thing. Actually it would only be making common cause with the Taliban - by raping once again the people they've been raping all this time.

- Tamim Ansary, rondzendbrief, 14 september 2001.

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I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'

- Falwell apologizes to gays, feminists, lesbians, CNN.com, 14 september.

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Could we get some otherwise normal humans and somehow persuade them that they are not going to die as a consequence of flying a plane smack into a skyscraper? If only! Nobody is that stupid, but how about this - it's a long shot, but it just might work. Given that they are certainly going to die, couldn't we sucker them into believing that they are going to come to life again afterwards? Don't be daft! No, listen, it might work. Offer them a fast track to a Great Oasis in the Sky, cooled by everlasting fountains. Harps and wings wouldn't appeal to the sort of young men we need, so tell them there's a special martyr's reward of 72 virgin brides, guaranteed eager and exclusive. (...)

Facetious? Trivialising an unspeakable evil? That is the exact opposite of my intention, which is deadly serious and prompted by deep grief and fierce anger. I am trying to call attention to the elephant in the room that everybody is too polite - or too devout - to notice: religion, and specifically the devaluing effect that religion has on human life. I don't mean devaluing the life of others (though it can do that too), but devaluing one's own life. Religion teaches the dangerous nonsense that death is not the end.

- Richard Dawkins, Religion's misguided missiles, The Guardian, 15 september 2001.

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Before they died on Flight 93, Jeremy Glick, Thomas Burnett Jr. and Todd Beamer did something characteristically American. So characteristic, in fact, it has passed almost unnoticed. Leaderless, armed only with only plastic butter knives, knowing a wrong move would risk their own and others' lives, at least three guys did what Americans do: They voted.

They voted to jump the hijacker with the (perhaps fake) red bomb strapped to his chest. "Let's roll," Todd Beamer was overheard by a GTE supervisor saying. Moments before, Beamer and the GTE supervisor did something else characteristically American: They prayed. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me."

- Maggie Gallagher, What we fight to protect, Universal Press Syndicate, 17 september 2001.

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De Heilige Koran in het Nederlands verklaard

Djihad als 'oorlog tegen ongelovigen' bezit oude papieren. Beveelt niet de Koran (9: 29): "Strijdt tegen hen die niet in God geloven en niet in de laatste dag en die niet verbieden wat God en Zijn gezant verboden hebben, en die niet de godsdienst van de waarheid aanvaarden uit het midden van hen aan wie het boek gegeven is, totdat zij naar vermogen onderdanig de schatting betalen"? En in de gezaghebbende collectie hadiths (uitspraken en daden van de Profeet) van Mohammed al-Boechari (negende eeuw) wordt in 199 verwijzingen naar het woord djihad 'gewapende actie in het voetspoor van god' bedoeld. Dan is de vertaling 'heilige oorlog' niet zo vreemd (al twisten moslimgeleerden reeds eeuwen over de vraag of de djihad alleen een verdedigingsoorlog mag zijn).

- Ton Crijnen, Djihad / O, wat een mooie dag!, Trouw, 19 september 2001.

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De vraag is niet of Amerika bloed aan zijn handen heeft. Dat heeft Amerika. Dat Nederland alleen bloed aan zijn pink heeft, komt omdat Nederland niets in de zwarte melk te brokkelen heeft.

Woont u in Europa? De Alpen zijn mooi en Sicilië is ook heel aardig, maar uw belangen worden beschermd door Amerika.

Wilt u zich niet laten beschermen door een land met bloed aan handen en voeten? Dan is er altijd nog euthanasie.

- Yasha, VPRO-Gids, 29 september 2001

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Als bescherming en bestrijding niet afdoende kunnen zijn, dringt een derde optie zich op. Neem de oorzaken van het terrorisme weg. Breng het Israëlisch-Palestijnse conflict tot een oplossing, verklein de kloof tussen het rijke Noorden en het arme Zuiden. Het probleem hierbij is dat we niet weten welk politiek programma de terroristen die de Twin Towers vernietigden, nastreefden. Commentatoren die deze weg kiezen, fungeren daarom als buiksprekers van de terroristen, door hen hun eigen verlangens voor te schrijven. (...)

Bovendien is er het groteske misverstand dat een oplossing van het Midden-Oostenconflict, die aan minimale eisen van fatsoen en menselijke waardigheid voldoet, bij de terroristen in de smaak zou vallen. Het tegendeel is waarschijnlijker.

- Koen Koch, Buiksprekers van terrorisme, Trouw, 29 september 2001.

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Is het de taak van een intellectueel om de dingen zoals ze ervaren worden domweg te bevestigen? De implicatie is dat je je moet neerleggen bij wat je gevoel je ingeeft: en in dat geval is de dood van anonieme mannen met tulbanden en baarden en ingepakte vrouwen veel minder erg dan die van New-Yorkse kantoormedewerkers die een keer een borrel hebben gedronken met de zuster van de vriendin van je neef. Je verstand zegt iets anders, maar daar heb je nu even geen boodschap aan.

- Bas Heijne, Een nationale psychose, NRC Handelsblad, ongedateerd.

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De trieste conclusie is dat op een enkele uitzondering na de islamitische samenlevingen de aansluiting bij de ontwikkelde wereld hebben gemist en achteropraken in vergelijking met andere ontwikkelingslanden. Specifiek voor de islamitische wereld is de verwevenheid van godsdienst en staat: niet alleen in de theocratisch bestuurde landen, maar ook in formeel seculiere staten hebben geestelijken een politieke invloed zoals nergens anders in de wereld. Dit is van groter betekenis om het radicale fundamentalisme te verklaren dan de platgetreden bewering van sommige columnisten, dat het Israëlisch-Palestijnse conflict de wortel van alle kwaad is. Als de Palestijnse kwestie niet bestond, zou deze morgen worden uitgevonden. Geen beter excuus dan een vijandbeeld om het eigen falen in religieus fundamentalisme te verpakken.

- Roel Janssen, Bin Laden en de hawalla-bankiers, NRC Handelsblad, 4 oktober 2001.

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Hey Moron, wake up and smell the rubble. Get it? THEY WON!! They already won! This attack was NOT for domestic consumption. It was David against Goliath. It was to show the world, that the big guys are NOT invincible. Even at the heart of fortress America. Even the untouchable superpower symbols: the World Trade Center, and the Pentagon, for G-d's sake! Even those are not safe.

Those 50 star rags, waved by halfwits might as well be white flags. WE LOST THIS ONE. After Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, Yugoslavia, Iraq, the LAST Afghanistan, WE LOST ONE. From now on, (at least until the memory wears off, and some new president has to prove himself), we can no longer go bombing the world into our own image, without fearing the consequences. We have suffered the consequences. Goliath is BIG, but he's vulnerable.

- Mikel Board, You're Wrong: An Irregular Column, 5 oktober 2001.

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If you prostrate yourself to an all-powerful and unfathomable being five times a day, if you are constantly told that you live in the world of Satan, if those around you are ignorant of and impervious to literature, art, historical debate, and all that nurtures the values of Western civilization, your mind becomes susceptible to fanaticism. Your mind rots.

Worse, it can become the instrument of others who send you out on suicidal missions. Three years ago, the Yemeni police caught eight young men with plans and equipment to bomb British targets in that country: the offices, homes, and churches of the British diplomatic and expatriate community. Six of these young Muslims, all of Pakistani origin, held British passports. (...)

The Foreign Office in London instructed the British diplomats in Yemen to extend their support to these citizens. One can imagine the conversation: "I say, old chap, you didn't really come here to blow me and my children up, did you? Ah well-we'd better see you safely back to old Blighty, hadn't we?"

- Farrukh Dhondy, Our Islamic Fifth Column, City Journal, najaar 2001.

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Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass has blamed the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center on Israel.

At a meeting in Damascus last week with a delegation from the British Royal College of Defense Studies, Tlass said the Mossad planned the ramming of two hijacked airliners into the WTC's towers as part of a Jewish conspiracy.

He also told the British visitors that the Mossad had given thousands of Jewish employees of the WTC advance warning not to go to work that day.

The Jewish-conspiracy theory started circulating in the Middle East shortly after the terrorist outrages in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. The "rationale" was that Israel wanted to provoke US retaliation against the Arab world.

- Arieh O'Sullivan, Syrian defense minister blames WTC, Pentagon attacks on Israel, The Jerusalem Post, 19 oktober 2001. Zie ook Saudi prince claims Jews behind Sept. 11 attacks, AP, 6 december 2002.

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IF YOU thought Osama Bin Laden's brand of Islamic fundamentalism was as extreme as it gets, think again. A rival group of Muslim terrorists exists which regards him as an infidel who has sold out. Bin Laden's declaration of war against the West has failed to impress Takfir wal-Hijra, an ultra-hardcore group that has won a reputation for unbridled savagery in Egypt and Sudan.

Its fundamentalism is so extreme that members have embarked on killing sprees in mosques against fellow Muslims in the belief that a pure Islamic state can be built only if the corrupt elements of the last one are wiped out.

In this they see Bin Laden and his followers as pragmatists who are "excessively liberal". To drive the point home, four of its members pulled up in a pick-up truck outside his house in Sudan in 1995, spraying it with bullets in an effort to kill him.

Osama bin Laden
  Gematigde moslim?

- Nicholas Hellen, ULTRA ZEALOTS, The Sunday Times, 21 oktober 2001.

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Politicians, the press, and academics have rushed to declare that this is not a war between Islam and the West. Islam, we have been told again and again, is really "a religion of peace." Perhaps the reason we have to be told this so many times is because it so obviously contradicts the facts. Let's start with the history. From its inception, Islam was a theocratic religion that imposed its dogma by the sword. The descendants of Mohammed, religious kings called Caliphs, fought ceaseless wars against non-Muslim "infidels." Scholars may try to tell us that "jihad" only refers to a personal moral struggle -- but that wasn't what it meant during centuries of Muslim conquest. (...)

If we want to win this war, we must begin by recognizing that it is a war against Islam -- or to be more exact, this is Islamic fundamentalism's war against the "infidel" secularism of the West. Our goal in this war should be to beat down, to curtail, to drive out Islamic fundamentalism -- not to replace it with our own religion, but to force Islam, like the religions of the civilized world, to lay down its arms and accept the freedom of a secular society.

- Robert Tracinski, A War against Islam, Jewish World Review, 30 oktober 2001.

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Het is de vraag of het voor het tot een goed einde brengen van de oorlog tegen Amerika wel nodig is om zich in de islam en het fundamentalisme te verdiepen. In de Tweede Wereldoorlog wezen de Duitsers een vage Germaanse mythologie aan die hen tot agressie tegen de rest van de wereld zou aanzetten. Zonder die mythologie te bestuderen, en zonder oud-Gothisch of oud-Noors te leren, hebben Churchill, Truman en Roosevelt deze oorlog gewonnen. Het zou misschien in de vroege jaren dertig wel nuttig zijn geweest om de toenmalige ideologie van Duitsland te bestuderen, maar ja, wie dat deed en daarover rapporteerde, werd al snel als een alarmist beschouwd. Toen de oorlog eenmaal begonnen was, overtrof de werkelijkheid alles wat de alarmisten voorspeld hadden. Het ziet er niet naar uit dat het nu anders is. (...)

Zijn dan alle moslims, en al hun officiële godsdienstige leiders, fundamentalist? Er lopen hier en daar waarnemers rond die dat denken, maar deze waarnemers vergissen zich, of ze definiëren 'fundamentalisme' zo ruim dat elke gelovige er onder valt. Wie 'fundamentalisme' definieert als 'geloven dat de heilige tekst het letterlijke onfeilbare woord van God is' noemt daarmee feitelijk alle moslims fundamentalist, want alle moslims geloven dat de Koran inderdaad het letterlijke en onfeilbare woord van God is. (...)

De enige zinnige definitie van fundamentalisme is 'reductie van een brede godsdienstige traditie tot een specifieke ideologie die met geweld de verwezenlijking van een concreet doel nastreeft'.

- Hans Jansen, Helaas, Bin Laden is geen prins, NRC Handelsblad, ongedateerd.

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As military and political strategies get bogged down, it looks like a long fight. Meanwhile, the starvation has begun. (...)

Today, the 27th day of the bombing, the US strategy is way behind schedule, cables coming in from foreign embassies report that public support for the bombing is dropping throughout Europe, and the first snow of winter is on the hills, bringing with it the danger of an appalling humanitarian crisis. The first deaths from starvation are now being reported from the remoter provinces. (...)

By the time the war began on October 7, the plan was far from sophisticated: start bombing and hope for some luck.

- Julian Borger et al., Winter is coming and the Taliban are strong as ever. What now for the war on terror?, The Guardian, 3 november 2001.

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My mother was in the north tower of the World Trade Centre but I still feel absolutely no remorse about what happened on September 11. (...)

I saw the towers collapse but felt nothing for the Americans inside. I may hold an American passport, but I am not an American - I am a Muslim. (...)

I'm willing to kill the Americans. I will kill every American that I see in Afghanistan. And I'll kill every American soldier that I see in Pakistan.

- Mohammed Junaid, 26-jarige Pakistaanse Amerikaan en wannabe-Taliban [Bron: Damon Johnston, New York survivor's son turns traitor, The Courier Mail (Australië), 6 november 2001].

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Ironically, the same "enlightened" souls who understand the importance of battling other forms of obsessive hostility, prefer to temporize when it comes to anti-Americanism. Paul Hollander, professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, makes the point that liberal opinion applies a double standard in response to the attacks of Sept. 11. "America's homegrown critics hold the peculiar conviction that if hatred of the sort that led to the destruction of the World Trade Center is directed at the United States, there must be good and justifiable reason for it," he writes in The Washington Post. "Yet these same critics never seem to take such a position in regard to victims of other hate crimes... Nor do they seek to 'understand' or plumb the 'root causes' behind the actions of the wife beater or those who assault or murder gays."

- Michael Medved, World's most dangerous hatred, WorldNetDaily, 12 november 2001.

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DEN HAAG Fractieleider Paul Rosenmöller heeft verklaard dat GroenLinks zijn steun aan de Amerikaanse bombardementen op Afghanistan opschort. Nu het verzet in Afghanistan een snelle opmars boekt, vindt GroenLinks dat een politieke en humanitaire oplossing van het conflict in Afghanistan voorrang moet krijgen.

Rosenmöller wijst er met nadruk op dat de steun wordt opgeschort en niet wordt ingetrokken.

Partij en fractie worstelden de laatste weken openlijk met de steun die in eerste instantie was uitgesproken voor de aanvallen. De fractieleden Pitstra en Van Gent spraken zich daartegen uit.

- NOS Teletekst, GL steunt bombardementen niet meer, 13 november 2001.

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't Gekke is, zo gauw Kabul bevrijd was kwamen er Afghanen op CNN uitleggen dat ze bijzonder verheugd waren verlost te zijn van de Taliban en dankbaar voor de precisiebombardementen van de Amerikanen. Vrouwen lieten hun gezicht zien, mannen scheerden hun baard af, er mocht weer muziek gedraaid worden en vliegeren - de nationale sport, uiteraard verboden door Allah's gedachten-politie - werd in ere hersteld. 't Is natuurlijk schandelijk dat de Afghanen niet naar Paul Rosenmöller geluisterd hebben en dat Amerikanen voor de zoveelste keer als bevrijders worden binnengehaald. (...)

- Theo van Gogh, Perverse onnozelheid, 19 november 2001, geweigerd door Vrij Nederland.

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As this is written, the Taliban stronghold of Konduz in northern Afghanistan is being surrendered. The terrorists have lost.

Yes, I'm aware that al-Qaeda has trained terrorists in secret cells in 60 countries, all primed and programmed to launch more murderous mayhem, either when Osama bin Laden gives the word or by prearrangement in case he's not in a position to give any more words.

But nonetheless, THE TERRORISTS HAVE LOST. Consider what the terrorists wanted and expected at this point.

First of all, President Bush was supposed to have gone mad and sent cruise missiles flying instantly, willy-nilly into the supposed lairs of the usual suspects.

That indiscriminate response was to have set off a riptide of Moslem anger which would, according to terrorist dreams, topple every non-fundamentalist Islamic regime from Algeria to Indonesia and launch a billion Moslems into the streets screaming for Jihad.

- Barry Farber, The Lost-Cause Syndrome, NewsMax.com, 23 november 2001.

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WASHINGTON - Every couple of weeks since America launched its war in Afghanistan, President Bush's secret service agents have left him alone with an Afghan wielding any number of sharp implements.

Fortunately Zahira Zahir is one of Bush's most ardent admirers. She also happens to be his hairdresser.

Since September 11, she has lost two dozen of her regular Washington customers because of her nationality. "It's hurtful," she said yesterday. "I have known them for a long time and some of them I considered my friends."

But Bush has remained loyal. "He's been very kind, generous and gracious and was shocked when I told him I had lost some clients," she said as she sat in her Watergate Hotel salon overlooking the Potomac River.

- Martin Fletcher, Afghan Has a Blade at Bush's Neck, Fox News, 3 december 2001.

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The total failure of Middle East scholars to foresee the dangers of Islamist terrorism has exposed the wonderful irrelevance of academia to a degree not seen since the downfall of the Soviet Union. (...)

At the most recent gathering of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) in November, none of 144 originally scheduled panels dealt with the issue of terrorism.

Middle Eastern scholars have learned nothing from their failure to predict the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. They continued to shy away from any implication that Islam in any form might constitute a threat to the United States. Thus John Esposito, head of Georgetown's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and a past president of MESA, dismissed the fear of terrorism as a throwback to Cold War paranoia and a form of thinly veiled anti-Islam prejudice.

Professor Fawaz Gerges accused those who warned of the terrorist threat of "feeding irrational fear of terrorism by focusing on farfetched horrible scenarios."

- Jonathan Rosenblum, THINK AGAIN: My country, always wrong, The Jerusalem Post, 20 december 2001.

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[De Afghaanse zanger Karimpour Ismael in Le Monde:] "Wij zijn de pers, de gezamenlijke media, grote erkentelijkheid verschuldigd: hun aanwezigheid ter plaatse speelde en speelt een zeer belangrijke rol om de gebeurtenissen te kunnen begrijpen (...) Met hun pennen, hun camera's, hun satelliettelefoons zijn de journalisten de echte vredessoldaten." Op het conto van de media kan men volgens de Afghaanse balling schrijven dat voor het eerst bij een machtswisseling in zijn land afrekeningen en plunderingen grotendeels zijn uitgebleven. "De ideale omgeving voor de barbarij is het isolement, de afwezigheid van journalisten. De ware vijanden van de vrijheid zijn degenen die hen verhinderen hun werk te doen."

- Elsbeth Etty, Totale censuur? [hier of hier], NRC Handelsblad, 22 december 2001.

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Having rejected modernism and the Saudi royal family, it's no surprise that Bin Laden would turn against Yamasaki's work in particular. He must have seen how Yamasaki had clothed the World Trade Center, a monument of Western capitalism, in the raiment of Islamic spirituality. Such mixing of the sacred and the profane is old hat to us - after all, Gilbert Cass' classic Woolworth Building, dubbed the Cathedral to Commerce, is decked out in extravagant Gothic regalia. But to someone who wants to purify Islam from commercialism, Yamasaki's implicit Mosque to Commerce would be anathema. To Bin Laden, the World Trade Center was probably not only an international landmark but also a false idol. aanslag tweede toren

- Laurie Kerr, The Mosque to Commerce: Bin Laden's special complaint with the World Trade Center, Slate, 28 december 2001.

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It's hard to write an article about the events of 9/11 and the aftermath of those events. It's hard because the current political landscape seems to shift daily, with new speeches and interviews and military actions. It's also hard because one of my oldest and dearest friends was murdered on 9/11, and my own grief, though it comes in waves, is overwhelming. My friend Karleton Fyfe was killed when his airplane, American Airlines Flight 11, was hijacked and crashed into the north tower of the world trade center. He has been my friend since I was 17 years old. His widow is my lifelong best friend, Haven. They have a son, Jackson, who is 18 months old. (...)

Immediately after Sept. 11 I started reading outrageous statements from prominent leftists that shocked and saddened me. The Left does not speak for me on this issue. I find Michael Moore, Ralph Nader, Noam Chomsky, Katha Politt, Susan Sontag et al's attempts to blame the U.S. for this mass murder ideologically weak and morally absurd. I have never felt more clearly my alienation from political movements in this country than I do now. To analyze the causation of the terrorists' actions is to accept their violence as a legitimate political expression. I do not. I feel the Left grasping at the idea of anti-Americanism which is its only core now that Marxism has been discredited by history. (...)

My friend's murder has snapped me out of my dogmatic view that the U.S is evil, and all our political opponents must be good, must be right, must stand for justice and the deserving third world people, and tolerance and diversity. It has brought my years of thought into a crystallized place. The people who killed Karleton are not my people. I can't and won't listen to their concerns and beliefs. I won't condemn the U.S as responsible for their actions. I won't pretend that if the U.S. fights the supporters of this terrorist act, it's only for control of resources, or an articulation of American racism.

- Tristin Laughter, Moving Towards The Center: Our Losses in the Wake of 9/11, geweigerd door het tijdschrift Punk Planet.

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A large influx of food aid into Afghanistan in December 2001 has averted widespread famine in the country, say officials at the UN's World Food Programme.

"There was a lot of fear that there was going to be a famine. But I think that has been averted now," says WFP spokesman Francis Mwanza. "In December, the WFP delivered 116,000 tonnes of food into Afghanistan. The amount we needed to move in was 52,000 tonnes - so we more than doubled it."

- Emma Young, Mass starvation averted in Afghanistan, New Scientist, 4 januari 2002.

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An Arab with a copy of "The Crusades Through Arab Eyes" and a gun boarded an American Airlines plane on Christmas Day claiming to be a Secret Service agent on his way to the president.

There was a problem with his paperwork, and the pilot and flight attendants were concerned. After an hour's negotiation – rudely ignoring the travel needs of the rest of the passengers – they decided to fly without the armed Arab, who caught another flight the next day. (...)

On account of being delayed for a day, the Secret Service agent, Walied Shater, charged that the airline singled him out because he is an Arab. Never mind the gun. Pursuing his paranoid fantasy, he immediately hired a lawyer and is demanding an apology and a pledge that American Airlines crew be subjected to sensitivity training classes. Naturally, he hasn't ruled out monetary damages.

This man should not be allowed near the president with a loaded gun. At the least, he's an immature nut. At worst, he's a ticking time bomb, in a simmering rage at America's supposed mistreatment of Muslims.

- Ann Coulter, If the profile fits..., Universal Press Syndicate, 9 januari 2002.

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Chuck Downey isn't shedding any tears for the Taliban in Cuba.

"They have three meals a day, doctors, complete freedom of religious expression, which they never gave to other people who they killed, and water to clean themselves," he said.

At least one European leader, Britain's Tony Blair, is in touch with reality. He sent a team to interview the three Brit traitors being held in Guantanamo. And you know what? They had no complaints.

As I look back at the funerals that I've attended for New York's heroes, I gag at the most bizarre criticism I've heard yet. It's from a spokesman for the International Red Cross. Here's his reaction to the way America showed its openness and respect for freedom of the press by releasing the photos from Guantanamo.

"That picture might contravene the Geneva Convention by holding the prisoners up to public curiosity," he said.

That's one for the books.

- Steve Dunleavy, Torturing the truth, New York Post, 22 januari 2002.

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Nobody tells me that I must choose between safety for my children and their freedom. It's a non-starter. (...)

We should worry less about what our servants know than about what they do. That's what keeps them our servants. (...)

When the government pursues new surveillance powers, our habit is to kick and scream and moan and then watch helplessly while they get what they want, as when something bad like 9/11 happens. A far more effective technique is to demand fierce accountability measures in return for granting our servants the tools they claim they need. That’s how to keep both safety and freedom. (...)

What happened on Sept. 11 was a failure of doctrine, in that pilots and personnel on airlines were told to be passive, to accommodate terrorists if they struck. The doctrine was revised and changed by an ad hoc committee of a dozen Americans rebelling on Flight 93 within one hour of attack. No FAA, no Senate Committee. It was done by an ad hoc committee. And no one has questioned the committee’s decision. That’s power. Performed by amateurs.

- David Brin, Interview: David Brin's Naked Truth About Privacy, Privacy Foundation, 13 februari 2002.

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Donald Rumsfeld

I guess one other thing I've learned is that with leadership, if everyone waited until everyone agreed on everything before one did anything, there wouldn't be such a thing as leadership. And if people decide that something is important, and merits their effort and their thought and their treasure, allowing - you know, a simple way to say it is that the coalition ought really not to determine missions.

Missions determine coalitions. And one ought not to expect that every country in the world is going to agree with everything. (...)

Let me come back to that Axis of Evil speech. When President Reagan said that the Soviet Union was an Evil Empire, everyone got all a-twitter. All of the elites in the world. They thought, "Oh, my goodness gracious. Isn't that something. This president of the United States really doesn't get it, and he doesn't realise how important it is to have good relationships with Russia" and whoever happened to be the head of that time. (...)

And to sit back and say, "Oh, my goodness. He called those countries an Axis of Evil. Isn't that terrible." Well, exactly what is terrible about it? I think putting the microscope, the floodlight, on what is going on in those three countries is just enormously valuable for the world.

And it is constructive. It is enlightened. I don't doubt for a minute but that it's giving encouragement to those people. And I don't doubt for a minute - in fact, I know of certain knowledge - that it's giving pause to those governments.

- Interview, You can only defend by finding terrorists and rooting them out, The Daily Telegraph, 25 februari 2002.

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Since September 11th, countless people have argued that American foreign policy mistakes caused the terrorism and hatred toward America emanating from the Middle East. This is simply a cop-out. It is hogwash.

American foreign policy has had many flaws around the world. Yet other parts of the world, particularly Southeast Asia and Latin America, have suffered far more from U.S. foreign policy than has the Middle East!

Even during the Vietnam War, however, it was rare to find a Vietnamese who hated America itself, as it is clear many Muslims do today. If U.S. foreign policy toward Muslims caused the terrorism of September 11th, why didn't U.S. misdeeds in Vietnam, Cambodia, Nicaragua, etc., cause any terrorism? (...)

In 1988, Saddam Hussein murdered 5,000 Kurds with nerve gas. Shi'a Muslims, who comprise 60 percent of Iraq's population, are harshly persecuted. Yet where do you hear Muslims protesting all this?

As M.A. Muqtedar Khan noted, "In many Persian Gulf countries, laws and even salaries are based on ethnic origin. This is racism..." Yet why didn't we hear Muslims protest these practices at the Durban conference on racism? Instead, all of the focus was on condemning Israel as a "racist state."

Muslims frequently argue that the U.S. is hypocritical because it supports "repressive regimes" in the Middle East, particularly Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Yet how is the U.S. supposed to "stand up for democracy" in dealing with countries that have never had any democratic traditions? Where are the democrats in Egypt and Saudi Arabia?

- Lee Howard Hodges, Victimology, The Iranian, 11 maart 2002.

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