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'Suicide hijacker' is an airline pilot alive and well in Jeddah - "A man named by the US Department of Justice as a suicide hijacker of American Airlines flight 11 ­ the first airliner to smash into the World Trade Centre ­ is very much alive and living in Jeddah." From Beirut. Independent, UK.
Commentary: 'Smoking them out' is not new in the Middle East - "President Bush says that he wants justice, but the United States seems close to sanctioning hit squads and liquidation. A new policy for America, maybe but it's an old policy in the Middle East where assassination, kidnapping and murder squads have been a normal part of local "justice" for decades." Independent, UK.
Commentary: Bush is walking into a trap - "Mr bin Laden every day his culpability becomes more apparent has described to me how he wishes to overthrow the pro-American regime of the Middle East, starting with Saudi Arabia and moving on to Egypt, Jordan and the other Gulf states. In an Arab world sunk in corruption and dictatorships most of them supported by the West the only act that might bring Muslims to strike at their own leaders would be a brutal, indiscriminate assault by the United States." Independent, UK.
Commentary: How can the US bomb this tragic people? - "I was working for The Times in 1980, and just south of Kabul I picked up a very disturbing story. A group of religious mujahedin fighters had attacked a school because the communist regime had forced girls to be educated alongside boys. So they had bombed the school, murdered the head teacher's wife and cut off her husband's head. It was all true. But when The Times ran the story, the Foreign Office complained to the foreign desk that my report gave support to the Russians. Of course. Because the Afghan fighters were the good guys. Because Osama bin Laden was a good guy. Charles Douglas-Home, then editor of The Times would always insist that Afghan guerrillas were called 'freedom fighters' in the headline. There was nothing you couldn't do with words." Independent, UK.
Commentary: How to devastate the world in one easy lesson - "The pilot looked at me as though I was a fool. 'Eighteen months? You think it takes 18 months to learn how to fly a Boeing 757 once it's in the air?' Far below us the clouds of northern Europe passed like a white screen. 'I can teach you how to fly this plane in two minutes. At least I can teach you all you need to know in order to become a hijacker.'" Independent, UK.
If Bush wants an invasion, it could become more costly than Vietnam - "President Bush is talking about a 'crusade' - it would be difficult to find a word more likely to enrage Muslims ­ but if he plans to wage it in Afghanistan, the United States faces a military campaign more fraught and potentially even more costly than Vietnam." Independent, UK.
Is the world's favourite hate figure to blame? Osama bin Laden - "For if this is a war it cannot be fought like other wars. Indeed, can it be fought at all without some costly military adventure overseas? Or is that what Mr bin Laden seeks above all else?" Independent, UK.
Osama bin Laden: The godfather of terror? - About bin Laden, from the journalist's meetings with him. Includes background information. Independent, UK.
Stunned into disbelief as their 'normal' son is blamed - "'He was so normal. His personality and his life bore no relation to the kind of things that happened. He led a very normal life. He had girlfriends, he went to nightclubs, he went dancing sometimes.' And that, as they say, is the hole in the story...If they were Osama bin Laden's boys, they didn't behave like it. Bin Laden would not let his men smoke cigarettes, and drinking alcohol would have led to banishment from the ranks of his Al Qa'ida movement. Or was this an attempt to blind any American intelligence agencies which might be watching the men?" Independent, UK.
Taliban finds few Muslim friends - "There is genuine outrage, true, but it would be as well to place it in context. Because the Taliban, the shield of Osama bin Laden, has almost as many enemies in the Middle East as it has in America." From Beirut. Independent, UK.
The lesson of history: Afghanistan always beats its invaders - "Indeed, if there is one country calling it a nation would be a misnomer that the West should avoid militarily, it is the tribal land in which Osama Bin Laden maintains his obscure sanctuary." Independent, UK.
The wickedness and awesome cruelty of a crushed and humiliated people - "Eight years ago, I helped to make a television series that tried to explain why so many Muslims had come to hate the West. Last night, I remembered some of those Muslims in that film, their families burnt by American-made bombs and weapons. They talked about how no one would help them but God. Theology versus technology, the suicide bomber against the nuclear power. Now we have learnt what this means." Independent, UK.
They can run and they can hide. Suicide bombers are here to stay - "As long as 'our' side will risk but not give its lives (cost-free war, after all, was partly an American invention) the suicide bomber is the other side's nuclear weapon." Independent, UK.
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