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For The Week Ending Oct. 19, 2001


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This week we present Between The Lines' summary
of under-reported news stories and:

U.S. Attack on Afghanistan Could Provoke
Dangerous Backlash Across Muslim World

Interview by Scott Harris.

The U.S.air war against Afghanistan began on Oct. 7 with bombers and missiles striking military and infrastructure targets as part of an American-led effort to destroy Osama bin Laden's terror network and topple the Taliban government. Although the Pentagon and State Department said they were doing all they could to avoid what they describe as "collateral damage," Taliban officials told the international press that four United Nations workers and 20 civilians had been killed in the first two days of U.S. attacks.

Reaction to the air strikes were seen across the Islamic world in angry street protests in many nations including: Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, Oman and in the Gaza Strip. Pakistani President Musharraf, who reluctantly endorsed the American war against Osama bin Laden and his former Taliban allies, was apparently nervous about many of his own citizen's opposition to the U.S. assault, when he urged a quick end to the fighting on Oct. 8th.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Chris Toensing, editor of Middle East Report, who assesses reaction in the Muslim world to the U.S. bombing campaign and the possible repercussions for governments supporting the U.S. war against terrorism.

Contact Middle East Report by calling (202) 233-3677 or visit their Web site at Related links:

The American public, according to opinion polls, is squarely behind President Bush's decision to launch a U.S. air war against Osama bin Laden and the Taliban government of Afghanistan which is sheltering him. Ever since the Sept. 11 terror attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the public has rallied behind the president and his tough talk declaring an open-ended war against the"evildoers" who took the lives of some 6,000 innocent civilians in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

But on college campuses across the country and even on the streets of New York City, just a few blocks from "ground zero," tens of thousands of citizens are questioning the launch of a new war to fight terror. Protests organized by college students and veteran peace activists condemn the terrorists while resisting calls for war which many fear will lead to an ever more deadly spiral of violence. Some in the anti-war movement also argue that our nation must now ask the difficult question: "Why do so many people, particularly in the Muslim world, hate America?"

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Catholic Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit. Gumbleton, who has been an outspoken critic of U.N. economic sanctions against Iraq, proclaims his opposition to the war in Afghanistan and argues for a thorough examination of U.S. foreign policy to strike at the roots of terrorism.

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Just one day after the U.S. military began bombing Afghanistan, Pennsylvania Gov.Tom Ridge was sworn in as the nation's first director of homeland security. President Bush created the Cabinet level position shortly after the Sept. 11th terror attacks in New York City and Washington. As head of the new office, Ridge will coordinate the work of 46 agencies to both prevent future attacks and respond in the event terrorists do strike again.

Public fears were raised about new terror assaults with the news that two Florida men had been exposed to anthrax, resulting in the death of one. With growing concern about security, a majority of Americans in a recent poll supported the imposition of a national ID card system and new anti-terror laws proposed by Attorney General John Ashcroft. Legislation now making its way through Congress includes proposals that would expand government authority to detain immigrants, initiate roving telephone wiretaps and monitor suspects electronic communications without a search warrant.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with author and columnist Nat Hentoff, who says that despite their concern about safety, Americans should oppose a "coup d'etat" against the Bill of Rights that he and other civil libertarians fear has been underway since the Sept.11 terror attacks.

Read Nat Hentoff's columns on the Internet by going to the Village Voice Web site at:

Related links:

  • Ex-CIA agent says U.S. intelligence does not have the personnel to penetrate extremist groups in the Middle East. ("The Counterterrorist Myth," The Atlantic Online, July/August 2001)
  • So-called "moderate" Arab states that rely upon U.S. military protection are actually fertile ground for producing terrorists. (New Statesman, October 1, 2001)
  • Supporters of West Sahara independence angry over the United Nation's retreat on promise of support for the Saharawi people's self-determination. (New Internationalist, "Betrayal," August, 2001)

Senior news editor/writer: Bob Nixon
News writer: Rich Fraser
Program narration: Denise Manzari
News reader: Arch Currie
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In-Depth News Analysis

Third World Traveler, Foreign Policy section, collection of resources on

"They can't see why they are hated: Americans cannot ignore what their government does abroad" by Seumas Milne, Guardian Unlimited, UK's Special Report on Terrorism in the U.S., Sept. 13, 2001

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