Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2001 11:13 PMSubject: Revolution of the Heart ::: Bomb Them with Butter!!! Good reading...many voices speaking below all saying the same thing: war and hatred is not the answer.  Our prisoners are very scared that the present mood of the nation will cheer on even more abuses and injustices than they are already enduring.  Let us not let this happen.  It's time for a revolution, not one of killing, but one of enlightenment.

Sherry Swiney

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Respond to Terror with a Revolution of the Heart

by Scott Harris

Executive Producer Between The Lines Newsmagazine
September 16, 2001

As I sat in a restaurant eating lunch the day after the terrorist attacks, I was trying to comprehend the enormity of what had happened. I read a newspaper and glanced at the TV in the corner of the room and could hear my yellow diners converse about the horrifying events of the last two days.

Comments on the death and destruction ranged from disbelief at the nightmarish images seen all day long on TV, to recounting stories of friends and relatives who were in New York City and witnessed the catastrophic assault on the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

But as I continued to listen and engage in conversation with a man sitting next to me, the predictable demand for vengeance and more death could be heard coming from the lips of many of those in the room including the kitchen staff. Several of those speaking within earshot, described their hope that nuclear bombs would be exploded over this or that Middle Eastern capital. "Kill them all, wipe them out" was a phrase I heard repeated over and over again throughout the day.

While I share the visceral reaction many Americans have to the shocking terror strikes, I found myself feeling frightened at the hurricane of revenge blowing through the country.

I'm frightened because it is this very cycle of attack and counter-attack that has created the culture of violence and death which has characterized much of human history and pervades virtually every corner of our world today.

People living in the United States have, for the most part, thankfully been spared direct personal experience with senseless politically or religiously motivated violence. This, I firmly believe, has contributed to the general lack of empathy from Americans toward intended or unintended victims of violence perpetrated by the U.S. military and their allies in conflict zones during and after the Cold War.

Whether many of the U.S. citizens now crying out for retribution know it or not, they are sharing an emotional bond with Palestinian parents who cannot stop crying after their 8-year-old son was killed by rockets fired from a U.S.-supplied Israeli helicopter; a Jewish mother who lies overwhelmed by grief in a hospital bed after seeing her infant daughter killed by an Islamic extremist suicide bomber in Jerusalem; civilians traumatized by the brutality of Russian troops invading a small town in Chechnya; the despair of the people of Tibet who continue to suffer through decades of vicious suppression of their culture by the Chinese military; the parents of one of the half-million Iraqi children who were powerless to prevent the death of their child who perished as a direct result of merciless United Nations economic sanctions; the anguish of friends and relatives of a TV cameraman killed in the NATO bombing of a civilian television studio in Belgrade and the Nicaraguan teenager who watched helplessly as a Contra guerilla fighter financed by Washington raped his sister and slit her throat.

This toxic emotion can be found in millions of people across the globe whose lives have been shattered by injustice, violence and loss. Countless individuals in nations such as Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile, Grenada, Vietnam, Korea, Kosovo, Bosnia, Iran, Lebanon, South Africa, Somalia, Angola, Mozambique and Sierra Leone -- just to name a few -- have experienced the raw and destructive passion that consumes victims of repression and violence.

While rescue workers comb through the debris of the twin towers and the Pentagon, it's ironic that this feeling of hatred and lust for blood that many of us now experience is the very same irrational emotion that drove a small group of extremists to commit mass murder on Sept. 11th -- which by their own twisted logic was payback for all the wrongs they perceive America has perpetrated against them.

Our nation now stands at a dangerous crossroads. Will U.S. decisionmakers yield to the mob's demand for more blood -- the blood of innocent civilians -- men, women and children who live in cities in faraway places, whose people practice unfamiliar religions, speak languages we do not understand? Or will we confine our nation's reaction to this horror by carefully conducting an investigation in order to apprehend and punish those individuals responsible for this terror? But I'm convinced we must go far beyond this measured response by doing all we can as individuals and in our communities to work for peace and justice in this world.

If we are to make progress as a civilization -- or, more critically, survive as a species -- we face the stark choice of either building a new global culture of compassion or continuing to ignore or support our current system's cultivation of inequality, militarism and the degradation of human life where economic and social decisions are guided only by market values. Without fundamental change, the forces who see violence as the only method to address legitimate grievances, symbolized in the carnage of lower Manhattan and along the Potomac, will inevitably grow and become more destructive in this noxious environment.

If we choose to participate in this revolution of the heart, I believe constant and serious reflection is required as to how our personal actions, and those carried out in our name by our government, affect millions of nameless, faceless human beings who suffer out of the range of television cameras and out of sight of our collective consciousness.



Bomb them with Butter, Bribe them with Hope

  A military response, particularly an attack on Afghanistan, is exactly what the terrorists want.  It will strengthen and swell their small but fanatical ranks.

Instead, bomb Afghanistan with butter, with rice, bread, clothing and medicine.  It will cost less than conventional arms, poses no threat of US casualties and just might get the populace thinking that maybe the Taliban don't have the answers.  After three years of drought and with starvation looming, let's offer the Afghani people the vision of a new future. One that includes full stomachs.

Bomb them with information. Video players and cassettes of world leaders, particularly Islamic leaders, condemning terrorism.  Carpet the country with magazines and newspapers showing the horror of terrorism committed by their "guest".  Blitz them with laptop computers and DVD players filled with a perspective that is denied them by their government. Saturation bombing with hope will mean that some of it gets through.  Send so much that the Taliban can't collect and hide it all.

The Taliban are telling their people to prepare for Jihad. Instead, let's give the Afghani people their first good meal in years.  Seeing your family fully fed and the prospect of stability in terms of food and a future is a powerful deterrent to martyrdom. All we ask in return is that they, as a people, agree to enter the civilized world.  That includes handing over terrorists in their midst.

In responding to terrorism we need to do something different. Something unexpected.. something that addresses the root of the problem.  We need to take away the well of despair, ignorance and brutality from which the Osama bin Laden's of the world water their gardens of terror.

Kent Madin
14543 Kelly Canyon Road

Global Meditations Network.


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Heartfelt sympathies and condolences are with all those whose loved ones were lost or injured on September 11, 2001. At this moment, we would all like to take time to reflect, to grieve, to extend sympathy and condolences to all. But we believe that we must do more. We must act.

Unless we stop President Bush from carrying out a new, wider war in the Middle East and beyond, the number of innocent victims will grow from the thousands to the tens of thousands and possibly more. A new, wider U.S. war in the Middle East can only lead to an escalating cycle of violence. War is not the answer.

After the horrific killings of thousands of innocent civilians on Sept. 11, the Bush administration is moving in a very ominous direction. In a chilling statement, Bush administration spokespersons have called for "ending states," an unprecedented threat.

At the same time, Arab American and Muslim people in the United States -- as well as other communities of color -- are facing racist attacks and harassment in their communities, on their jobs and at mosques. Anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism is a poison that should be repudiated.

The government is attempting to curb civil liberties and to create a climate in which it is impossible for progressive people to speak their mind. The Bush administration is attempting to take advantage of this crisis to militarize U.S. society with a vast expansion of police powers that is intended to severely restrict basic democratic rights.

On September 29 we had planned to demonstrate against the Bush administration's reactionary foreign and domestic policy and the IMF and World Bank. In light of the current crisis, with its tragic consequences for so many thousands of people, we have refocused the call for our demonstration to address the immediate danger posed by increased racism and the grave threat of a new war.

Now is the time for all people of conscience, all people who oppose racism and war to come together. If you believe in civil liberties and oppose racism and war, join us on September 29 in front of the White House. We urge all organizations to join together at this critical time.

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Janet Jai, AlterNet

The leaders of three prominent peace groups respond to Tuesday's terrorist attacks, suggesting alternatives to the war that has all but begun in the Middle East.



Faceless Enemies

La Jornada
September 13, 2001.

Adolfo Gilly

There were many thousands, the White House still does not dare say how many, those who died in the terrorist attack against the twin towers. They were office workers: not the rich who live in their beautiful neighborhoods, but the employees and workers of the rich, everyday men and women. That is how they appeared in the desolate photos on the streets of the financial district after the attack. Americans or not, their pain is ours today, those of us who live, work and are like them, as it has been before for all civilian victims, the same as them, in all the cities bombarded by the armies of these times.

Killing those who work in Wall Street in cold blood is as stupid and atrocious as it would be to blow up a Ford factory with all its workers in order to punish the business, or to bombard Baghdad in order to punish Saddam Hussein. All terrorism is appalling, as is today's nameless crime of the twin towers.

But, in order to understand it, it is not helpful to start by looking for the guilty. The first question is not: "Who was it?", but rather: "Why did this happen?" In cases like this, conspiracy theories do not explain anything. It does not seem sensible, in the current state of things, to imagine a domestic conspiracy of dark forces in the United States. The dimension of the affront against national pride and the magnitude of the humiliation suffered by its government excludes this shaky hypothesis from the very start. The fact that President Bush goes and seeks out safety in a military base in Nebraska, instead of going to New York, where the people were expecting him and calling out for him, is another indication of his confusion (and, incidentally, of the stature of those leaders who were born into wealth and educated on golf courses).

The tragedy of the twin towers, and the suicide attack which knocked down a part of the Pentagon, did not come from a high level conspiracy. They are, on the contrary, a product and an image of the present state of the world.

The world policies dictated by international financial power - whose symbol is Wall Street, supported by the Pentagon and administered by the men and women in the White House - have sown human and material disasters throughout the world . They have crushed rights, they have destroyed or dismantled peoples' organizations, they have imposed the inhuman law of capital in the name of the "markets."

How many times have we heard that this measure is not possible, nor is that policy, because the "markets" will not allow them? And, when we ask who they are, where they are, how we could talk with the "markets", we are presented with merely an invisible hand, a faceless ghost, nothing, no one: the governments don't know, the businessmen can't, the politicians don't dare, because this is the state of things, and nothing can be done.

Many people, more and more throughout the world, have tried to have some influence on that state of things, to defend the rights of human beings, to have dialogue with those governments and those technicians through whose voices the dictatorship of the "markets" speaks. That dictatorship which provokes famine, wipes out jobs, smashes salaries and destroys social rights everywhere. The last mass attempt was in Genoa. More than 200,000 demonstrators gathered together in peace in order to have their voices heard by the big men of this world. A few hundred desperate people, the Black Block, who were quickly isolated by the demonstrators, resorted to violence. Berlusconi's police beat, kicked, jailed and mistreated the demonstrators and broke them up, thus leaving the arena free to the violent and desperate, turning them into the symbol of the protest. The demonstrators had faces, and they belonged to organizations. The Black Block were anonymous, violent, faceless. They were not provocateurs (except for a few), they were

But the big men of the G-8 did not want to confront, nor to engage in dialogue with, organized social forces, which are, by nature, opposed to terrorism. In the same way as the anonymous "markets", the policies of those big men prefer to confront the violent faceless enemies which the inhuman brutality of their policies engender. Those enemies, real and true, are useful for them for legitimizing their own atrocities against those forces and against those human beings throughout the world - those who are the same in their joys, in their work and in their travail - to those thousands and thousands which faceless terrorism assassinated in the twin towers.

It took a good part of the nineteenth century, and all of the twentieth, to win the rights, the regulations and the laws which protect work in all its forms in many countries. It took two world wars and many revolutions and rebellions to reach the balances expressed in the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Those balances are a thing of the past, and the Pentagon had a lot to do with their destruction. They were demolished in almost one fell swoop, like the twin towers. In their place is left this world in ruins and the faceless dictatorship of the markets.

This dictatorship, which does not know or recognize interlocutors, has spawned a faceless enemy as its twin tower: terrorism at unprecedented levels. It, the same as the "markets", does not recognize borders, nor can it be trapped. It is reborn every day amid the rubble of old pacts and past rights. Organizations destroyed by the "markets" are fighting for justice and right, which are their living environment and their raison d'etre. But, when justice is denied and right is exchanged for private pacts, there is only room for vengeance left. That is terrorism, child and mirror of the "markets".

The United States government, humiliated, declares itself to be in a state of war. Against whom, why? Does the most powerful government in the world have the right to lose its peace of mind and to cry out for revenge? If those leaders are too blind and deaf to reflect on the state of the world, then it is our job to do so. But not about them and their madness, but about how to go about creating the forms of organization and defense of social and political rights and of freedom from the two faceless enemies: the markets and their spawn: terrorism.

Seven years ago, in the Mexican south, the zapatista rebellion leveled a warning. They have not wanted to listen to it, they closed paths off to them, they mocked their ability to make politics and their will to preserve rights, peace, life. More than once Marcos told them that, after and beyond them, would come those from society's cellar, the faceless and nameless storm of the humiliated, the affronted, those who have always been treated like dirt by governments and officials, by the rich and the masters. One more time the Fox government manipulated, lied and mocked agreements and commitments: "No way, if they don't want to accept what we tell them, that's their problem, life goes on," say their officials.

It is this same government which wants, without the least notion of the state of the world, to tie Mexico - as partner and junior ally, confidante and subordinate - to the world power which created that state of things, and which seems willing to drag all of us along in a faceless violence that knows no borders. Good sense and history points to the opposite policy: take care of the country, and keep at a respectful and reasonable distance those who - whether from power or terror - want to replace reason with fury and justice with revenge.

Originally published in Spanish by La Jornada ____________________
Translated by irlandesa


Statement of the Workers' Party of Belgium regarding the attacks in the United States of America

11 September 2001, 10 :20 pm

More than anything else, the attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, which have shocked the entire world, are signs of the state of crisis in which the world finds itself, no matter what the world leaders may say at the summits of the rich member countries of the G8.

We share the grief of the relatives and friends of the victims and we convey our condolences to them. The American civilian victims, like the great majority of the American people, cannot be held responsable for the barbarous policies of their government and of the transnational corporations it represents. At the same time, we are deeply shocked by the hypocrisy of the US government, which bears an enormous responsibility for what has happened today.

Since the collapse of the Berlin wall, the greatest imperialist power has vaunted its status as unchallenged policeman of the planet. For the first time, it is now confronted with attacks on its own territory, claiming thousands of victims. Until now, this has been the fate of the Vietnamese, the Iraqis, the Yugoslavs and so many other peoples at the hands of the US armed forces, and on a much larger scale.

For more than 50 years, the US governement and the US transnational corporations have been imposing their will on the entire world, destroying local economies, expropriating peasants, overthrowing popular governments and putting in power people in the pay of the US, like Pinochet, Marcos and Mobutu, who have not hesitated to massacre their own people, out of sight of television cameras. By doing so, they have aroused the hatred and the revolt of all the peoples that have become their victims. Moreover, the economic crisis that is hitting the United States is sharpening all internal contraditions in the US.

In a world full of economic, political and military contradictions, all hypotheses regarding the origin of these attacks are possible.

But the superior technological level and the high degree of risk involved in a country that is so much under intelligence coverage as is the United States, would make one think that such an enterprise, which started off from US soil, could never have been realized without a certain complicity from within the secret services of the US or from other parallel organizations.

For 50 years, the secret services of the United States have been supporting all kinds of fascist, fundamentalist and nationalist trends in order to divide people, to protect the interests of the US transnational corporations and to fight communism and national liberation movements. They have been recruiting, arming and training the most fascist and fundamentalist elements of several countries to become high level terrorists. This ranges from ex-Nazis recruited into the US secret services after World War II to the death squads in El Salvador and the fundamentalist mercenaries in Afghanistan.

With changing political alliances, these terrorists may turn against their previous masters. This has been the case with the Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden, who, just a few years back, was still a « freedom fighter », a helping hand of the US in their fight against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

Nor can we exclude the possibility of complicity of American extreme Right forces, as in Oklahoma, inspired by forces determined to push Bush towards even harsher economic and military policies.

These attacks could also render a false legitimacy to the US governement, at a moment when a wave of anti-imperialist protest is expanding in the whole world, targeting precisely this government as the spearhead of capitalist globalization, environmental destruction and a new arms race.

They may also be used to conceal the economic and social concerns of the American people themselves, who are experiencing a rise of unemployment and a rapid expansion of poverty in their own country.

We support the appeals aimed at preventing the US government and their allied governments from using these attacks as a pretext for attacking countries that have nothing to do with this terrorism, but which have been at odds with the US government because of their independent policies ; or for strengthening antidemocratic measures in the United States and elsewhere. Such a reaction would only increase the dangers of war and of fascism.

The people of the entire world are right to be concerned about the deeper meaning of these attacks. They are the consequence of the sharpening of all fundamental contradictions in society, which are rightly denounced by workers and youth in the framework of the movement against imperialist globalization. In order to resolve these contradictions, there is no other way than to work for the unity of the struggles of the workers and the peoples of the entire world, and to carry the demands for social justice, genuine democracy and peace ever further. Terrorist action cannot achieve these aims; measures of military reprisal and repression, and the increasing racism of the imperialist governments even less so. To continue on the road taken by the movements of Seattle and Genoa, and of the peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America against all consequences of colonialism and neocolonialism, is the only way to work seriously for the future of humankind.

Political Bureau of the Workers' Party of Belgium



Strangelove in the World of Enchantment


Michael Moore

I continue to be amazed at the large number of people -- both on the radio and those we run into -- who are completely opposed to some half-cocked military response to what has happened. No matter what the media tells you or shows you, I am convinced there is a majority of Americans who, though they want justice and want to be protected from further attacks, do not want George W. Bush to start sounding like Dr. Strangelove.

Speaking of Strangelove, this past week began with one of the most powerful pieces on "60 Minutes" in a long time. They laid it all out: How the United States -- and specifically Henry Kissinger -- plotted to overthrow the democratically-elected president of Chile in the early 1970s. The plot succeeded, President Allende was assassinated, and thousands of other Chileans were brutally tortured and murdered. Today, many within the new government of Chile would like to put Kissinger on trial for these acts of terrorism. Do you think the United States will give him up?

Well, that story was forgotten, 48 hours later, as quickly as it had been forgotten 30 years ago.

A few of you have written me to say, Please, Mike, don't talk about this stuff, at least not right now. We need to bury the dead.

I agree. And I apologize to any who have taken offense. No one wants to talk about politics right now -- except our installed leaders in Washington. Trust me, they are talking politics night and day, and those discussions involve sending our kids off to fight some invisible enemy and to indiscriminately  bomb Afghans or whoever they think will make us Americans feel good.

I feel I have a responsibility as one of those Americans who doesn't feel good right now to speak out and say what needs to be said: That we, the United States of America, are culpable in committing so many acts of terror and bloodshed that we had better get a clue about the culture of violence in which we have been active participants. I know it's a hard thing to hear right now, but if I and others don't say it, I fear we will soon be in a war that will do NOTHING to protect us from the next terrorist attack.

I have received more emails this week than ever before -- about a thousand every four hours. Ninety percent of them are from people who also refuse to be drawn into some form of senseless bloodletting, and who agree that we need to find the right way to bring those to justice who committed these

I have been touched by many of your comments and am so sorry I cannot respond to them while I am on the road. But I am sharing your feelings with those I meet (and, I have to say again, it is a Godsend to have an invention like the Internet where I can travel across the country like this and be connected to so many thousands of other Americans ?and to so many foreigners who grieve for us and fear for what our leaders may do).

We pass over the Continental Divide and Rush Limbaugh babbles on about whom we must bomb. He signs off, and I am sure he is on his way down to the nearest recruiting station to sign up -- for surely he would not expect your son or daughter to risk their lives for freedom while he just sits back and enjoys his new half-billion dollar contract.

Coming into Albuquerque, Kathleen is leafing through the Frommer's travel guide for a place to spend the night. She finds what seems like a nice spot near the White Sands national park, but then reads this passage: "Occasionally the road to the hotel is closed for nearby missile tests." Yes, welcome to New Mexico, the "Land of Enchantment," just one big testing ground brought to you by the originators of every single weapon of mass destruction known to man. We opt for the downtown Hyatt.

The hotel is like a ghost town. "Every convention cancelled," the lady at the counter tells us. I ask the bellman how many people are actually here tonight.

"9.9 percent occupancy," he tells me. Hmmm. Why not just say 10%?

I guess that would be asking for too much optimism on a night like this...

I will write again when we get to our next stop, Oklahoma City.


Michael Moore


Arab-Americans fear backlash

(BBC NEWS) - A wave of apprehension and fear is sweeping through the Arab and Muslim communities of the United States in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. Members of the Arab-American and Muslim communities have already received death threats and several have been attacked as Americans lash out in anger against those they see as responsible.

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In the tragic wake of the events at the World Trade Center, "we the people" must strengthen our love in a unified prayer to encompass all human light.

We embrace all those who have been involved and who have lost loved ones in this horrific event. Let us amass in a prayer vigil and choose to understand how "we the people" can pick up the shattered pieces of our lives and move forward in love.

Often during times of chaos by cataclysmic devastation, spirits become confused by the sudden separation from their physical embodiment. We can help by amplifying a portal of light that appears as a golden sphere over the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Disheveled spirits will search out this lighted portal and make a peaceful transition back to the Creator's Light. If you wish to take immediate action, please visit our Healing Hand page at:


Send light to the portal at the site of the World Trade Center, where other lightworkers are amassing their energy. Let us pray that the human world has the clarity within their heart to heal the anguish and suffering.

As Lightworkers, let us stand together and awaken to the truth that "Light Will Prevail ."

 In service, Reverend Fred Sterling  HONOLULU CHURCH OF LIGHT


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 Now, the whole of the world of the sickness diminishes the Peace and Seeds of Hope.

 However, with Prayer, I still believe we WILL unite as the Human Family and Pray this Evil out of our world.

The Hopi Elders have instructed us to live very carefully. And we must not pick up our Bows and Arrows in these troubled times. Of course this is our
first reaction.

However, everything the Elders have ever taught is that Humankinds lives are decided by our loving Prayers to the Creator along with the Spiritual leaders of the World.

Please look to our Traditional Hopi Web Page: <>

Our elders have left us much wisdom and a way of grace and a path to Peace.

I pray to you all that you find something in their world and words that touch the Human Heart. Set a side our words of war and help us pray. Not only for the Living but all those whom have gone before, and especially the Dear Families and Loved ones that so innocently were disregarded.

My prayer is for somehow for all of us to find the peace we pray for, that all the TWO Hearted peoples some way be touched by the spirit of the Holy Ancestors, Creator, God, Mother Creator or whatever your prayer is dedicated to. We must keep our prayer vigils and come together.



Afghans feel frightened and alone as US beats war drums


Bahrain Daily News

KABUL: Afghanistan was nearly isolated yesterday as almost all remaining Westerners in the capital prepared to evacuate ahead of expected US attacks on Osama bin Laden and his Taleban protectors.

With Iran announcing it was sealing its eastern border with Afghanistan, opposition fighters controlling a narrow northern corridor and Pakistan pledging to support US anti-terrorism efforts, residents of the capital were feeling increasingly vulnerable.

The International Committee of the Red Cross - which has stayed put through some of the worst conflicts in modern history - said it was pulling out its remaining foreign staff after the Taleban said they could not guarantee their safety.

Other Western aid agencies - including the United Nations - have already withdrawn.

"We have not received any formal or informal letter from the Taleban about (leaving), but will have to go," said an ICRC official a day after hearing the Taleban's announcement.

Frightened Afghans also continued to flee, ignoring the Taleban's calls to stay and wage a jihad against the US and its allies if Washington attacks.

"People are so tense. Any moment of calm is seen as the calm before the big storm," one Kabul shopkeeper said yesterday.

Thousands of Afghans have poured across the border into Pakistan in the past few days, swelling refugee camps already near bursting point with around two million residents.

But the hardline Islamic Taleban remain unbowed, calling for Muslims to fight to the death against American aggression and threatening to attack neighbouring countries helping Washington - remarks clearly aimed at Pakistan, formerly the movement's main backer.

The departure of foreign aid workers has been felt in particular by the residents of Kabul, a city devastated by years of war and where even the most basic of services have broken down.

Their plight struck a chord even with a normally fiercely anti-Taleban group, which yesterday urged the US to show restraint.

"We sincerely hope that the great American people could differentiate between the people of Afghanistan and a handful of fundamentalist terrorists," said a statement from the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA).

For many ordinary Afghans - poor, uneducated and unfamiliar with the ways of the West - such a sophisticated conspiracy is simply unbelievable, and they feel the victims yet again. It is this feeling of victimisation, nurtured over two centuries of attempted occupation by foreign powers, that is bringing some Afghans together.

While many people tried to flee the country, others in refugee camps in Pakistan - many not friends of the Taleban - vowed to return and fight should the US attack.

"We will go back and fight as we did with the Russians," said Mohammed Ibrahim, referring to the ill-fated Soviet invasion of the 1980s."

- Reuters


"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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"In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule."--Friedrich Nietzche

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