(Thursday September 13 2001 @ 11:29AM PDT)
Did receive it, but unfortunately,
in a huge flood, and apart from that, am spending a great deal
of time on radio-TV interviews around the world (not here;
this is a very closed society). Letters like yours were so
numerous I was compelled to write up a brief form statement,
Barely scratches the surface.
As to how the US and people here will react, that's not a
matter for speculation, but for action. We should do what we
can to influence the reaction towards some civilized
direction, instead of towards the kind if fanatic tribalism
that is sure to escalate the cycle of atrocities, with dread
consequences. Like the attack on Sudan, which you mention.
Considered here a triviality, but not by a great many people
in the world, who don't find it amusing when the US murders
probably tens of thousands of people on a whim. Same with many
other cases, facts understood pretty well when we move beyond
About Bin Laden, a lot is not known, but we do know that he
was one of the CIA "Afghans" -- not Afghans necessarily, but
extreme Islamic fundamentalist fanatics rounded up from
everywhere and sent to Afghanistan where they were armed and
trained in order to cause maximal damage to Russia (and
probably delay their withdrawal from Afghanistan). They've
been used by the US elsewhere, in particular, Bosnia. Now
we're in the "blowback" phase. Not unusual. Saddam Hussein is
another example, nearby.
At 10:03 AM 9/13/2001 -0400, you wrote: Noam, (if you
actually do recieve this...not likely, but what the heck)
What are your thoughts regarding the recent media coverage
of the 'attack on america'?
Do you think that when GW Bush says that the United States
freedom was attacked, is he talking on behalf of all of
America? What kinds of reaction to this (if it happens to be a
middle east based group) do you think the American population
will have towards middle eastern-americans? Do you think that
it could get even remotely as close to WW2 with the
What kinds of things does the American public need to know
about Osama bin Laden and his followers across the world? Is
he a hero, or a terrorist?
When the factories in Sudan were attacked did this help add
to the flame that many middle-easterns have burning inside
them that makes groups want to lash out against us?
Has Freedom and Democracy really been attacked? or has our
Capitalism only bullied people into the corner, and now they
are trying to fight back.
I'm sure you have many emails, letters, and things to be
doing. If you can find it in your time to answer any of these
questions or possibly point me in the direction of some of
these questions (related or not) I would apprecaite it. If a
future interview is ossible, I would greatly appreciate it, on
behalf of tearitalldown.com thanks for you time -Robby Russell