Journal: News & Comment

Wednesday, October 17, 2001
# 10:54:00 PM:

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What is the bombing for?

I recently rediscovered the online version of The Guardian, based in Manchester, England. It is an excellent news resource. Yesterday, one commentary piece by Jonathan Steele caught my eye. In it, he wrote:

"The original explanation for the American and British air strikes was that the Taliban's air defences had to be eliminated so that special forces could fly in by helicopter to capture Osama bin Laden without risk. Three days after the strikes began, the US defence secretary announced the US had air supremacy over Afghanistan. What then justifies going on with the bombing of cities?"

Salon, of course, has its usual swath of good stuff (most of which now requires that you subscribe, as I have), including a piece on why Saudi Arabia would be the next truly logical target in a war on terrorism, and an interview with Susan Sontag worth reading.

Oh, and visit ThinkGeek too. It has nothing to do with the war. Just a good place to browse for geeky stuff.


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