Yearly Archives: 2002

Afghanistan: A Repeat of Soviet Defeat?

December 22, 2002 On the frigid night of Dec. 24, 1979, Soviet airborne forces seized Kabul airport. Elite Alpha Group commandos sped to the presidential palace, burst into the bedroom of Afghan President Hafizullah Amin and gunned him down. Columns … Continue reading

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New Research Links Sarin with Brain Damage

WASHINGTON – Low levels of sarin nerve gas affected behavior and organ functions in laboratory animals at least a month after exposure, suggests new research that may provide clues to the mysterious illnesses of Persian Gulf War veterans. In separate … Continue reading

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Pentagon Censors Gulf War II Casualties

December 22, 2002 Kuwait City, Kuwait Attacks on American forces in Kuwait are being covered up and played down because of concerns that further disclosures will destabilise military preparations for war against Iraq. Incidents have either gone unreported or have … Continue reading

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The Unnecessary War

Like a runaway train racing down a slippery track destined for a crashing living hell; America, under the leadership of George W. Bush, rushes headlong into what many believe will be the most apocalyptic war that the world has ever … Continue reading

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Declaration Lists Companies That Sold Chemicals to Iraq

American officials and private weapons specialists say the list identifies 31 major foreign suppliers — including two based in the United States, both now defunct — as well as the exact chemicals and tonnages that were shipped to Baghdad. The … Continue reading

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CIA Officer: U.S. Desire to Control Oil Dates to 1973

December 20, 2002 People who don’t know the Middle East sometimes wonder why Arabs mistrust the United States. Perhaps an old story – from another time when people were worried about war and oil prices – will explain some of … Continue reading

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Senator Murray Asks Tough Gulf War II Questions

U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY — SENATOR ASKS STUDENTS TO PONDER December 19, 2002 U.S. Sen. Patty Murray was in Vancouver on Wednesday challenging high school students to answer these questions: What is behind terrorist Osama bin Laden’s popularity in some … Continue reading

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UN Report Says German and US Firms Armed Iraq

Here is the leaked list of US corporations alleged to have provided weapons of mass destruction to Iraq: A – nuclear, K – chemical, B – biological, R – rockets (missiles) 1) Honeywell (R,K), 2) Spektra Physics (K), 3) Semetex … Continue reading

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Casualities of War

The sergeant was puzzled. His vision was dimming. His nose began to run and then there seemed weight on his chest and he struggled to breathe. His squad of riflemen deployed in the desert of southern Iraq watched in horror … Continue reading

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The papers that cried wolf

Last week brought yet another terrifying headline from an American newspaper: “US suspects al-Qaida got nerve agent from Iraqis”. The 1,800-word story in the Washington Post last Thursday got off to a reasonably promising start by saying: “The Bush administration … Continue reading

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