Syed Saleem Shahzad
"The hard truth is that US intelligence simply does not really know what is going on in the Taliban and al-Qaeda camps. This is evidenced by the countless raids that have been launched in recent times, none of which have resulted in the capture of anyone in Afghanistan." [more]
"And contrary to the view projected in most of the Western media, that the attacks are proof that al-Qaeda has become stronger than ever since September 11, the reality is that bin Laden's jihad against the US has to a large extent been hijacked by local Muslim groups, who are now the ones perpetuating the waves of terror." [more]
"The mainstream national press is becoming increasingly anti-US, as are the sermons delivered during Friday prayers by clerics in the holy city of Mecca. Already, calls to boycott US goods are being heeded, with the McDonald's and Burger King franchises being high-profile casualties." [more]
"If Zobaida has indeed been arrested, it would certainly mean a setback for the operations in which he was immediately involved, such as Pakistan and Afghanistan. But the al-Qaeda is a coordinated body of many militant outfits scattered all over the world. Their presence in the shape of the Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Hezbollah reflects the fact that although the 'routes are different, the destination is one' and they can execute their plans against US interests independently." [more]
"The United States and its opponents are preparing for a new phase of combat in Afghanistan, with information suggesting that after March a renewed anti-US struggle is likely to begin in the country. The movement will not be led by Al-Qaeda or the Taliban, but will be a combination of various Afghan factions inside and outside of Afghanistan, and even including some elements of the Northern Alliance. And informed sources have revealed to Asia Times Online that this new movement wants to solicit the either direct or indirect support of Iran, which has serious reservations over the US presence in the region." [more]
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(Reuters, Dec 18)
"Federal prison officers in Brooklyn physically and verbally abused immigrants detained after the Sept. 11 attacks, slamming them against the wall and painfully twisting their arms and hands, the U.S. Justice Department's inspector general said on Thursday." [more]
(STAFF, DEBKAfile, Dec 14)
"Saddam was seized, possibly with the connivance of his own men, and held in that hole in Adwar for three weeks or more, which would have accounted for his appearance and condition. Meanwhile, his captors bargained for the $25m prize the Americans promised for information leading to his capture alive or dead." [more]
This website is a tribute to Why War?, one of the nation's first and most innovative post-9/11 student antiwar organizations. Born on October 22, 2001 at Swarthmore College, we were a handful of freshmen and sophmores who vocally opposed the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. And now, seven years later, we are retiring this website as we focus our efforts on new directions. We hope that it continues to serve future activists and we remain confident that humanity is on the verge birthing a better world.