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U.S. Imprisons 14,000 Detainees Associated Press | September 18, 2006 BAGHDAD, Iraq - In the few short years since the first shackled Afghan shuffled off to Guantanamo, the U.S. military has created a global network of overseas prisons, its islands of high security keeping 14,000 detainees beyond the reach of established law. Disclosures of torture and long-term arbitrary detentions have won rebuke from leading voices including the U.N. secretary-general and the U.S.
Perhaps the greatest blasphemers in any religion are those who appoint themselves as God’s executioners. When an entire civilization embraces such butchers, both the civilization and the religion are in trouble. The ritual slaughter of Paul Johnson Jr. in wasn’t simply the act of a cluster of terrorists, but a reflection of the failure of the entire Arab world. Religions are what men make of them. In the Arab heartlands of Islam, Muslims are making a gory mess of their faith.
I found this at the FreeRepublic.com site. These are excerpts from Ralph Peters' interview in American Heritage: I ly feel that weve made a grotesque mistake aligning ourselves with the most oppressive of the Arabs, with the Arab worlds Beverly Hillbillies. Other Arabs built Damascus, Crdoba, Baghdad, Cairo. The Saudis never built anything.
(Here, Chomsky replies to Christopher Hitchens' columns of Sept. 24 and Oct. in The Nation magazine and on its website.) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Chomsky Replies to Hitchens By Noam Chomsky I have been asked to respond to recent articles by Christopher Hitchens (webpage, Sept. 24; Nation , Oct. 8), and after refusing several times, will do so, though only partially, and reluctantly. The reason for the reluctance is that Hitchens cannot mean what he is saying. For that reason alone -- there are others that should be obvious -- this is no proper context for addressing serious issues relating to the Sept. 11 atrocities. That Hitchens cannot mean what he writes is clear, in the first place, from his reference to the bombing of the Sudan.
The September 11 attacks were major atrocities. In terms of number of victims they do not reach the level of many others, for example, Clinton’s bombing of the Sudan with no credible pretext, destroying half its pharmaceutical supplies and probably killing tens of thousands of people (no one knows, because the US blocked an inquiry at the UN and no one cares to pursue it). Not to speak of much worse cases, which easily come to mind. But that this was a horrendous crime is not in doubt. The primary victims, as usual, were working people: janitors, secretaries, firemen, etc. It is likely to prove to be a crushing blow to Palestinians and other poor and oppressed people.
Avram Noam Chomsky ( / ˈ n oʊ m ˈ tʃ ɒ m s k i / ; born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist , philosopher , [ 8 ] [ 9 ] cognitive scientist , logician , [ 10 ] [ 11 ] historian , political critic , and activist . He is an Institute Professor and Professor ( Emeritus ) in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT , where he has worked for over 50 years. [ 12 ] In addition to his work in linguistics, he has written on war , politics , and mass media , and is the author of over 100 books. [ 13 ] According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index in 1992, Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any other living scholar from 1980 to 1992, and was the eighth most cited source overall. [ 14 ] [ 15 ] [ 16 ] [ 17 ] He has been described as a prominent cultural figure, and he was voted the "world's top public intellectual" in a 2005 poll. [ 18 ] [ 19 ]
If a hall of fame were established for contemporary book reviewers—well, why not? There’s one for ad executives, poker players, and probably porn stars—Christopher Hitchens would very likely be its second inductee. (James Wood, of course, would be the first.) About an amazing range of literary and political figures—Proust, Joyce, Borges, Byron, Bellow, Orhan Pamuk, Tom Paine, Trotsky, Churchill, Conor Cruise O’Brien, Israel Shahak, and a hundred others—he has supplied the basic information, limned the relevant controversies, hazarded an original perception or two, and thrown out half a dozen fine phrases, causing between fifteen and forty- five minutes of reading time to pass entirely unnoticed. His very, very frequent political columns have occasionally seemed tossed off, it’s true; but his books about Cyprus, the Palestinians, the British monarchy, and the Elgin Marbles are seriously argued.