NYTimes on 9/11 affect on Japan
…the country woke up last week to the fact that aircraft, not ships, carried 40 percent of the country’s trade last year with the United States – 11,000 parcels and 360,000 pieces of mail daily, or $76 billion worth of goods a year.
Belying the image of Japan as a self-sufficient trading fortress, the nation now imports 30 percent of its medicines and 60 percent of its food. Much of it travels by air.
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LATimes on Mossad’s warnings
FBI and CIA officials were advised in August that as many as 200 terrorists were slipping into this country and planning “a major assault on the United States,” a high-ranking law enforcement official said Wednesday.
The advisory was passed on by the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency. It cautioned that it had picked up indications of a “large-scale target” in the United States and that Americans would be “very vulnerable,” the official said.
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Interview with Tamim Ansary who wrote one of the pieces that has been flying around the ‘net since 9/11.
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Excellent BBC piece explaining the roots of Arab anger against the US.
American support for Iraq in its eight years of war with Iran (1980-88) in which hundreds of thousands of people died. Many Iranians believe Washington encouraged Saddam to invade Iran in order to puncture the Islamic revolution, and provided him with intelligence and other help for many years.
When Saddam later invaded Kuwait and threatened US oil interests, the picture changed. The US sponsored and invoked UN resolutions to cover a massive Western intervention, having ignored many other resolutions relating to Palestine and Israel’s invasion of Lebanon. The image of cynicism and double standards is widely held.
While Gulf Arabs might have applauded the US-led war against Iraq, the subsequent sanctions regime has punished the Iraqi people while Saddam continues to build palaces. There is a widespread feeling that the Americans have never been serious about unseating Saddam.
Throughout the Arab world, Washington’s closest alliances are with regimes which have negligible democratic foundations and highly dubious human rights performances. This too does nothing to endear the US to ordinary people, reinforcing the image of an arrogant, uncaring and deeply hypocritical global power, pursuing its interests without regard to principle.