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Thursday, February 02, 2006

If your an information junkie like myself then here is an e-mail I recieved from the Project on Defense Alternatives today. The link is filled with tons of great info, have fun.

Dear Jason McMaster: Excerpts and commentary on the new US defense review (QDR) are available on our Defense Strategy Review library site. We’ve also just completed an update of all our special topic libraries – China, military transformation, terrorism, etc – adding more than 300 recent links to full-text documents. And we’ve created a single gateway to all of the sites: http://www.comw.org/infogate/ Please have a look and pass the link along. I know it’s a great deal of material, but it’s pretty easy to peruse. And we do our best to keep the links current – all 7,000 of them.

Regarding the US defense review: As new information and commentary becomes available during the next week, we’ll update the Defense Strategy Review page. If you come across relevant material for this site or the others, we’d greatly appreciate your letting us know.

Carl Conetta, Project on Defense Alternatives, Cambridge & Washington DC, USA pda@comw.org

Zawahiri Video: The Real Message

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

On Monday Ayman Zawahiri released a recently made video tape threatening the United States and exposing the fact that he was not killed in the United States bombing of Pakistan on January 13th. The administration had initially claimed Zawahiri was the target of the illegal bombing and had been killed. Six days later the administration claimed Al Qaeda's chemical weapons expert had been in the "vicinity" of the bombing; it turned out to be yet another bogus justification for the bombing of a village.

The new video will no doubt be analyzed and debated in constant rotation in the days to come with the real story being overlooked. Despite the Bush administration claims of who may have been in the area and who may have been killed the facts are the facts. We do know who was killed that day in Pakistan. 18 people were murdered by cowards high above in the skies wearing American flags. 10 of the 18 confirmed killed were women and children, a far cry from Al Qaeda's number two man and a supposed weapons expert. Once again we get a behind the scenes look at the real American military...murderers of women and children.

Not only did the United States (without any approval from Pakistan) launch an airstrike on a village, but the only people they killed were innocent women and children. The supposed target is now making new videos. A new corner of the world was exposed to the American Way and a new generation has valid reason to hate the West. Once again the only thing Bush has accomplished here is to strengthen the core and help recruitment for the group they claim we are at war with.

Here are some parting thoughts: what if Zawahiri was in the area of the bombing? What if he had been killed in the airstrike over Pakistan? Would the death of Al Queda's second in command be an acceptable tradeoff for the lives of 10 women and children? If the answer is yes, than what does that say about our country? It begs the question: Who are the real terrorists?

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