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Year 2001, No 3
Limbs of No Body
indifference to the Afghan tragedy
Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf's account of a journey
By Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Hunger and Democracy
Political Economy of Food in Adivasi Societies
By Archana Prasad
Globalization and Politics of Identity
By Ram Puniyani
The Relevance of Taslima Nasrin
By I K Shukla
'With us or against us' Crisis
Media's hunt for liberal Muslims
By Anjali Mody
Clash of Stereotypes
By Amar Farooqui
In the Name of Right to Education
NAFRE statement
More Quotes from the 'Civilised World'
The people of Afghanistan do not accept domination of the Northern Alliance!
(RAWA) appeal
The Pot Calling the Kettle Black
a history of bio-chemical weapons
By Zoltan Grossman
War Is Peace
By Arundhati Roy
Hypocrisy, Hatred and the War on Terror
By Robert Fisk
The Coming Apocalypse
By Geov Parrish
The Disinformation Campaign
By Phillip Knightley
There is no war on terrorism
By John Pilger
More Quotes from the 'Civilised World'

"World opinion is with us"
George Bush, US President.

[In times like these] "people have to watch what they say and watch what they do".

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer to the Washington press corps.

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"It seems perverse to focus too much on the casualties or hardship in Afghanistan ...[Showing the misery of Afghanistan ran the risk of] promoting enemy propaganda...we must talk about how the Taliban are using civilian shields and how the Taliban have harboured the terrorists responsible for killing close up to 5,000 innocent people."

Walter Isaacson, the chairman of CNN, to his staff.

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"I'm feeling more patriotic than at any time in my life, itching for justice, or maybe just revenge...And this catharsis I've gone through has caused me to reassess what I do for a living."

American television journalist Geraldo Rivera who is just moving to Fox TV, a Murdoch channel.

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"...for most of the time, something looks like a terrorist and makes noise like a terrorist, it is a terrorist."

Jeremy Greenstock, British ambassador to the Security Council.

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"The war is not going well and it is time to say why...It has been fought with half-measures. It has been fought with an eye on the wishes of our 'coalition partners.' It has been fought to assuage the Arab 'street.' It has been fought to satisfy the diplomats rather than the generals...why have we not loosed the B-52s and the B-2s to carpet-bomb Taliban positions? And why are we giving the Taliban sanctuary in their cities? We could drop leaflets giving civilians 48 hours to evacuate, after which the cities become legitimate military targets."

Charles Krauthammer, Senior columnist in Washington Post.

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"A day cannot live in infamy without the nourishment of rage. Let's have rage."

Lance Morrow’s essay in Time calling for "a policy of focused brutality."

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"If we flatten part of Damascus or Tehran or whatever it takes, that is part of the solution."

Rich Lowry, editor of National Review

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"George Bush is the president...he makes the decisions ... Wherever he wants me to line up, just tell me where. And he'll make the call."

Dan Rather, CBS News anchor.

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"The west has decided to channel money and effort into studying other customs and practices, but no one has really given other people the chance to study western customs and practices, except at schools maintained by white expatriates, or by allowing the rich from other cultures to study in Oxford or Paris. What happens then is that they return home to organise fundamentalist movements, because they feel solidarity with those of their compatriots who lack the opportunity for such education."

Umberto Eco, Italian writer and PoMo icon, in an essay written supposedly against war.

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"The response to this unimaginable 21st-century Pearl Harbor should be as simple as it is swift-- kill the bastards. A gunshot between the eyes, blow them to smithereens, poison them if you have to.As for cities or countries that host these worms, bomb them into basketball courts."

Steve Dunleavy, New York Post

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"America roused to a righteous anger has always been a force for good. States that have been supporting if not Osama bin Laden, people like him need to feel pain. If we flatten part of Damascus or Tehran or whatever it takes, that is part of the solution."

Rich Lowry, National Review editor, to Howard Kurtz, Washington Post

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"At a bare minimum, tactical nuclear capabilites should be used against the bin Laden camps in the desert of Afghanistan. To do less would be rightly seen by the poisoned minds that orchestrated these attacks as cowardice on the part of the United States and the current administration."

Former Defense Intelligence Agency officer Thomas Woodrow, "Time to Use the Nuclear Option" Washington Times

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Bill O'Reilly: "If the Taliban government of Afghanistan does not cooperate, then we will damage that government with air power, probably. All right? We will blast them, because..."

Sam Husseini, Institute for Public Accuracy: "Who will you kill in the process?"

O'Reilly: "Doesn't make any difference."

The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News Channel

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"[The World Trade Center and the Pentagon] have drawn, like gathered lightning, the anger of the enemies of civilization. Those enemies are always out there.... Americans are slow to anger but mighty when angry, and their proper anger now should be alloyed with pride. They are targets because of their virtues--principally democracy, and loyalty to those nations which, like Israel, are embattled salients of our virtues in a still-dangerous world."

George Will, Washington Post

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"This nation symbolizes freedom, strength, tolerance, and democratic principles dedicated to both liberty and peace. To the tyrants, the despots, the closed societies, there are no alterations to the policies, no gestures we can make, no words we can say that will convince those determined to continue their hate."

Charles G. Boyd, Washington Post

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"Are Americans afraid to face the reality that there is a significant portion of this world's population that hates America, hates what freedom represents, hates the fact that we fight for freedom worldwide, hates our prosperity, hates our way of life? Have we been unwilling to face that very difficult reality?"

Sean Hannity, Fox News Channel

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"Our principled defense of individual freedom and our reluctance to intervene in the affairs of states harboring terrorists makes us an easy target."

Robert McFarlane, Washington Post

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Americans did not triumph in the long, twilight struggle of the Cold War only to forfeit our victory to anonymous extremists in this war. As with the last, this struggle will not be won with a single military response.

William S. Cohen

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Hold on to that thought.
Go to bed thinking it. Wake up chanting it.
Because nothing less than revenge is called for today...We will demand nothing less than a full and deadly response. We have been merciful in the past … we have not hunted them down with murder in our eyes…It is time to inflict casualties of our own. And it shouldn't be "proportional" or just enough to send a "message." Our response should be the final word.

Philadelphia Daily News Editorial

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Does my country really understand that this is World War III? And if this attack was the Pearl Harbor of World War III, it means there is a long, long war ahead. And this Third World War does not pit us against another superpower. It pits us the world's only superpower and quintessential symbol of liberal, free-market, Western values against all the super-empowered angry men and women out there. Many of these super-empowered angry people hail from failing states in the Muslim and third world. They do not share our values, they resent America's influence over their lives, politics and children, not to mention our support for Israel, and they often blame America for the failure of their societies to master modernity.

Thomas L. Friedman

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The enemy is not "terrorism," which is but the tactic. This war is being fought against America and the West by Islamic extremists and by the governments that they control or intimidate...Here there will be no shortage of targets, from Afghanistan to Iran to Iraq to Syria to the Palestinian Authority. Or even, for that matter, Saudi Arabia, which proved so recalcitrant in cooperating in our investigation of the bombing of an American barracks. There will always be those who will talk of the "root cause" of terrorism, the way an earlier generation of isolationists talked of Versailles and other "root causes" [for]the rise of Hitler.

Seth Lipsky

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The United States is hated because we are, indeed, powerful, rich, and good...anyone who has a quarrel with the status quo will find us, with varying degrees of truth, somehow implicated in his discontents. Our exposure to these emotions is an unavoidable badge of honor...After the time it takes to guess the attackers' commanders, which should not be long, those commanders, and their allies and patrons, should be paved over. If our retaliatory strikes hit a few of the world's warriors who happened not to be involved in this war, that will be no great loss...Striking the war-making capacity of hostile nations may involve clearing some of those streets...Our European allies have, in many cases, battened off deals with rogue states. They should be told that, if they continue to do so, their assets in this country may be appropriated to repair the damage done to Washington and New York City.

NR editors

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