2001 was a year that saw the world’s richest country attacking one of the world’s poorest countries. Since Octoberthousands of Afghans have perished at the hands of US bombs. The country remains littered with unexploded clustermunitions, some of which are identical in color to the Pentagon’s so-called humanitarian food rations. In Kabul, anew Washington-backed government has replaced the Taliban. This government hailed as the first step toward ademocratic Afghanistan is made up largely of war lords; many of them documented human rights violators, some ofthem accused by major human rights groups of conducting mass executions of thousands of civilians over the lastdecade. And despite the change of government to one publicly favored by Washington, the US bombing continues. Justthis past weekend, US warplanes attacked villages in eastern Afghanistan reportedly killing some 100 civilians.
These victims in the Bush administration’s war against the world join the more than 4000 civilians killed in the USattacks. But, according to almost every source in the media and government, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar isstill alive, Osama bin Laden recently appeared in yet another video. Though, of course, Bush did not say that thekilling of thousands of civilians in Afghanistan was one of the goals of his so-called war on terror, it seems to bewhat he’s been most successful at doing.
Today on Democracy Now! we are going to kick off this new year by looking more closely at the Bush administration’swar on the world and what it might bring in 2002. We have two speeches. Later in the program, we’ll hear fromProfessor Edward Said. But first we turn to professor Noam Chomsky.
- Noam Chomsky, Scholar, Activist, and Author speaking at a conference sponsored by the American FriendsService Committee in early December. His most recent book is 911, on the September 11th attacks, the new war onterrorism, media control, and the long-term implications of America’s military attacks abroad.