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By Syed M.Aslam
Oct 01 - 07, 2001

*** "THE AMERICANS are feeling now what the Palestinians have been feeling for three years ... Israel's Mossad intelligence service is linked to the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks."

(Comments of The Times London and international memo of a US intelligence agency about horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon)

Picture caption: Anti-globalisation demonstrators at Liege, Belgium)

*** "AMERICA DOES NOT have the competence to guide a global movement against terrorism ... how dare you request help in order to attack the innocent Muslim nation of Afghanistan ... a powerful human being become so arrogant that he thinks he can distinguish between good or bad on his own."

(Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei chiding US president Bush for seeking support to attack neighbouring Afghanistan)

*** "HUNTING TERRORISM WITH WEAPONS alone will not solve the problem completely as long as the anger among the oppressed still exists ... If we want to wipe out terrorism, the problem in Palestine must be eradicated as well as that in Iraq and Chechnya."

(Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad asking the US to defeat oppression first if it is to win its war against terrorism)

*** "THE AMERICANS contacted me after the suicide attacks. I told them what I'm telling you. Afghanis can never accept a foreign presence in their country ... All regional equations will be changed."

(Exiled Afghan prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar pledging that he and his followers would take up arms if the United States takes military action)

*** "EVEN IF THE whole of Afghanistan is devastated we won't hand him over until there is a solid proof against him."

(Representative of Paktika province of Afghanistan rejecting the US demand for the hand over of Osama Bin Laden)

*** "THE CAUSE OF THIS TERRORISM is our involvement in the support of the criminal behaviour of the Israeli government ... In 1980's Israel killed an estimated 40,000 civilians ... Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called the death of 500,000 Iraqi children from starvation due to UN sanctions, 'acceptable and worth it' ..."

(Retired US Brigadier General James J. David saying 'US is reaping what it has sown' for its all support of Israeli terrorism)

*** "MR PRESIDENT BUSH, I swear by what I hold dearest, which is my political career, that Apatzingan never had any active or moral role in the bloody events ..."

(Letter written by mayor of a small Mexican town, Jorge Luis Castaneda, urging the US President Bush not to bomb Afghanistan which he misspelled as 'Apatzingan')

*** "ARE THEY NOT terrorists who maintain a blockade for more than 40 years, trying to kill us through hunger and disease."

(Speaker at a rally held in anti-US Cuba to condemn terrorism including its blockade by its mighty neighbour)

*** "THE WEST, in the name of civilization, was insisting that Osama was guilty, and it would find the evidence later."

(Article written by a foreign journalist questioning the absence of credible evidence by the US intelligence agencies against the prime suspect, Osama Bin Laden)

*** "HIS STATEMENT represents a compromise at the very top between those who came out in favour of full backing for the Americans and those who were very skeptical."

(Military analyst Alexander Golts commenting on Russian President Vladimir Putin's pledge to help the US operations against Afghanistan without getting directly involved militarily)

*** "THOSE WHO INTERVENED and tried to plant their own preferred leaders in Afghanistan paid a very high price for that blunder."

(Pakistani Foreign Minister Abdus Sattar warning against attempts to provide military assistance, particularly the Northern Alliance, to install anti-Taliban government in Afghanistan)