The War in Afghanistan 101: 47 Questions and Answers

We bring to your attention a new and very extensive “essay” by Michael Albert and Stephen R Shalom, titled War in Afghanistan…We hope it will provide much assistance in the difficult task of raising consciousness among those who don’t yet oppose this war.

We bring to your attention a new and very extensive “essay” by Michael Albert and Stephen R Shalom, titled War in Afghanistan.

It is 47 questions and answers, plus links to additional materials, all laid out for easy access and readability.

We hope it will provide much assistance in the difficult task of raising consciousness among those who don’t yet oppose this war.

The link is: http://www.zmag.org/55qaframe.htm

You can read straight through, or you can click any
particular question to see our answer…and in many instances to see links for more information.

By way of inducement, here are the 47 questions:

1. What is Islamic fundamentalism?
2. What is the attitude in the Arab and Islamic worlds to (a) the Sept. 11 attacks, and (b) the current US war in Afghanistan?
3. What grievances fuel hatred for the U.S. in the Middle East?
4. Does trying to understand/explain the grievances of the people of the Middle East constitute excusing bin Laden, excusing terror,
softness on fascism, etc.

5. What is Terrorism?

6.Are Bin Laden and his network terrorists?

7. Is the Taliban terrorist?

8. Is Hamas a terrorist group?

9. Is the U. S. government terrorist?

10. Why did the World Trade Center terrorists do it?

11. What is the legal way of dealing with terrorism?

12. What would be the implication regarding Sept 11 of legal prosecution of all terrorists?

13. What would be the implication regarding the embargo of Iraq, the bombing of Kosovo and Serbia, and the bombing of Afghanistan, of a legal prosecution of all terrorists?

14. Is what the U. S. is doing consistent with a legal approach?

15. Which nations have been supporting the US war in Afghanistan and why?

16. What has been the role of the UN in the current war in Afghanistan?

17. What are the reasons to oppose U.S. bombing of Afghanistan?

18. But isn’t it obvious bin Laden did it?

19, Is it possible that there is decisive evidence, but that its disclosure would compromise important intelligence gathering capabilities?

20. But didn’t Afghanistan reject out-of-hand US demand to turn over bin Laden?

21. But you can’t negotiate with terrorists?

22. But doesn’t the U.S. have the right of self-defense?

23. But isn’t the U. S. getting a vast coalition of support?

24. How about Congress’s 420-1 vote empowering Bush to act militarily? Doesn’t that make it right?

25. But aren’t the targets being bombed in Afghanistan legitimate targets?

26. But aren’t civilian casualties being avoided in Afghanistan?

27. But aren’t U. S. food drops a sincere effort to help the people of Afghanistan?

28. What about the anti-terrorism bill passed by Congress, isn’t that a step in the right direction?

29. How about the Bush administration’s campaign to dry up terrorism’s financial networks?

30. How about supporting the Northern Alliance, doesn’t that hold out positive promise for Afghanistan?

31. How about invading Iraq, won’t that be good for Iraqis?

32. How about increasing U.S. defense and military spending?

33. How about building a national missile defense system?

34. How about repealing the executive order prohibiting assassinating foreign leaders?

35. How about using racial profiling needed to counter terrorism in the United States?

36. What is a “war on terrorism,” and why is it being elevated as the capstone of U. S. foreign policy?

37. But what about the role of oil in the current crisis?

38. So how long will the war in Afghanistan go on?

38. So how long will the war in Afghanistan go on?

39. What dangers will we face in South Asia and the Middle East as a result of the current war?

40. But won’t the “war on terrorism” reduce terrorism, and isn’t that worth it?

41. Wouldn’t changing US foreign policy under the threat of terrorism mean that we are giving in to terrorism?

42. Does the US support a Palestinian state? Should it?

43. What should the U.S. have done in response to September 11?

44. What other policies should our government be following to reduce the likelihood of people will undertake terrorist agendas?

45. The peace movement says “Justice, Not War.” But with terrorists, how can justice be achieved without war?

46. In what ways if any should the peace movement adjust its positions in the light of Sept. 11?

47. What should be the relation of other movements to the peace movement, and vice versa?

[ also see related items:

Channel 4 News Special Reports: Oil Rush –
http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1537

The Oil Behind Bush and Son’s Campaigns – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1513

A Crude Oil Death Commentary: ‘Greed to the Last Drop’ – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_ id=1069

US ‘Planned Attack on Taleban’ – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1528

Bush’s Orwellian Address – Happy New Year: It’s 1984 – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1496

Remembering the Last U.S. Retaliation Against Terror – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1482

Are You A Terrorist? Read the FBI’s Definition! – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1531

Noam Chomsky On the Bombings – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1474

MEDIA ADVISORY: Networks Accept Government “Guidance” – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1519

Osama bin Laden 101: Understanding bin Laden – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1500 ]

Author: Michael Albert and Stephen R. Shalom

News Service: ZNet

URL: http://www.zmag.org/55qaframe.htm