This is not to defend any type of terrorism. But it is a matter of perspective, who is a freedom fighter, and who is a terrorist.
British Lt. Colonel T.E. "Lawrence of Arabia" used guerrilla (terrorist) tactics to drive the Ottoman Empire out of Arabia after World War I. He blew up trains on the Hejaz Railway and planted explosives (IEDs) to harass the Turks. These are terrorist techniques.
In the west, Lawrence of Arabia is considered a hero, with a memorial at Oxford, books and a movie about him, winning 7 Academy Awards.
Maybe this comparison of 2 men who sought independence for Arabia, will help us understand the perpective of those in the Arab world who feel Osama is a hero. We need to try peaceful methods and understanding that every man wants to defend his home land.
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Taliban Leader Says For First Time: Bin Laden Behind 9/11
(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- For the first time, a senior member of the Taliban government that led Afghanistan until the U.S. invasion has admitted Osama bin Laden was behind 9/11.
In an interview with the Egyptian newspaper Al Masry Al Youm, the Taliban’s former ambassador to Pakistan says that after the September 11 attacks, Mullah Omar confronted bin Laden.
“The Commander of the Faithful Mullah Omar met with Bin Laden in the presence of a large number of Taliban leaders and Al-Qaeda members, and asked him if they were behind the attacks on the twin towers and the Pentagon,” Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, the former Taliban ambassador, says in the interview. “Osama denied the allegations, but I now believe that Bin Laden planned the attacks without informing the Commander of the Faithful and then lied to him by denying his involvement in the attacks after they took place.”
9/11 ANALYSIS: From Ronald Reagan and the Soviet-Afghan War to George W Bush and September 11, 2001
by Michel Chossudovsky
This article summarizes earlier writings by the author on 9/11 and the role of Al Qaeda in US foreign policy. For further details see Michel Chossudovsky, America's "War on Terrorism", Global Research, 2005
"The United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings....The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then as the Afghan school system's core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books,..", (Washington Post, 23 March 2002)
"Advertisements, paid for from CIA funds, were placed in newspapers and newsletters around the world offering inducements and motivations to join the [Islamic] Jihad." (Pervez Hoodbhoy, Peace Research, 1 May 2005)
This was published in CommonDreams.org, an alternative media website that publishes great articles, but has avoided 9/11 truth information and even insulted the 9/11 truth movement on several occasions. In fact, I was banned forever from participating in discussions when I brought up just one issue of 9/11 in a reply to an article in a discussion. And yet I found this today. In it, in the last paragraph which I placed in bold, the story of bin Laden and other issues of 9/11 are questioned.
The censorship of 9/11 in the alternative and progressive media is the enigma of our times. I have found no reasonable explanation for it.
But this gives me some hope that things will change.
Published on Saturday, August 28, 2010 by CommonDreams.org
news.google/archive shows this interview was originally published 9/26/01 by UPI:
The lack of hits in the google news archive indicates no major US media picked it up. HistoryCommons.org has had an entry based on it, and other interviews Gul gave around 9/11: http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a091401hamidgul#a091401hamidgul Posting the interview in full for posterity.- loose nuke
UPI interview with Hamid Gul
Published: July 28, 2010 at 4:44 PM By ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE,
UPI Editor at Large
Ex-Pakistan spy chief: Afghanistan war 'lost cause' [and pre-planned, w/o evidence of Bin Laden 9/11 role]
The attacks of September 11 were a pretext to a war already under consideration, Gul said. "I think some of the neocons, who were very close to President [George W.] Bush, they wanted that he could embark on a universal adventure of Pax Americana, and they thought that the world was lying prostrate in front of them," he said. The 2001 terrorist attacks helped win the public support for the neocon plans, he said.
There was no legitimate reason for the United States to attack Afghanistan, Gul said, because the FBI had no solid evidence that Osama bin Laden was involved in the attacks on New York and Washington. "Why has not a single individual connected to 9/11 been caught in America so far, and why hasn't Osama bin Laden been charged?" With no evidence anyone in Afghanistan was involved, there is no way to legitimize the U.S. occupation, Gul said."
Ex-Pakistan spy chief: Afghanistan war 'lost cause'
My local newspaper has published two letters. One from my campaigning colleague two weeks ago and the response is from myself this week. The circulation is about 20,000.
El FBI admite que usó rasgos de Llamazares para 'su' Bin Laden por un error human
Conservative commentator, former Marine Colonel Bob Pappas has been saying for years that bin Laden died at Tora Bora and that Senator Kerry's claim that bin Laden escaped with Bush help was a lie. Now we know that Pappas was correct. Follow link for the rest of the story:
By Gordon Duff/STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor
Quote article: "One of the three who received his FAA licenses this year, Yeslam bin Laden, a half-brother of Osama who lives in Geneva, Switzerland, is named in a civil lawsuit brought by the families of 9/11 victims alleging he helped to finance Osama's al-Qaeda network as it started up in the 1990s in Yemen and the Sudan."
Source: ABC News
By ERIC LONGABARDI and JOSEPH RHEE
At least 12 members of Osama bin Laden's family currently hold Federal Aviation Administration pilot's licenses that make them eligible to fly aircraft anywhere in the United States, including three who received their licenses just this June, according to an analysis of FAA records provided to ABC News by a computer security firm, Safe Banking Systems.
Photo: The High-Flying Bin Laden?s; 13 Osama Kin Hold FAA Licenses: US Says No Terror Threat Posed by the Bin Laden Family?s Fascination with Aviation
Adviser: Obama plans to launch Bin Laden hunt anew
By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, December 6th, 2009 -- 6:18 pm
The United States will launch a new effort to track down Osama bin Laden who is believed to be hiding in the mountains along the Afghan-Pakistan border, a senior US official said on Sunday.
Intelligence reports suggest the Al-Qaeda chief "is somewhere inside north Waziristan, sometimes on the Pakistani side of the border, sometimes on the Afghan side of the border," said national security adviser James Jones.
Asked if President Barack Obama's administration planned a fresh attempt to go after Al-Qaeda's leader, Jones said: "I think so."
Bin Laden was a "very important symbol of what Al-Qaeda stands for" and it was crucial to make sure he was on the run or captured, Jones, a retired Marine general, told CNN's "State of the Union" program.
His comment that Bin Laden sometimes crossed to the Afghan side of the mountainous border contrasted with previous accounts from US officials that suggested the Al-Qaeda chief was hiding in Pakistan.
Based on State Dept. cables- see original for links - loose nuke
November 07, 2008
U.S. Had 'High Confidence' Of UBL Attack In June 2001
Taliban Warned By Powell That Afghanistan Would Be Held Responsible For Harboring Terrorists Who Killed Americans
By J.M. Berger
Less than three months before September 11, Secretary of State Colin Powell warned the Taliban that American intelligence had "high confidence" that "Afghan-based and other operatives are now planning on carrying out attacks against Americans."
Powell's warning was conveyed to the Taliban by U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan William B. Milam, who specifically discussed Osama bin Laden with the Taliban's representative Abdul Salam Zaeef.
After the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, Zaeef was arrested as an "unlawful combatant" and detained at Guantanamo Bay for three years before being released into house arrest in Afghanistan.
Two cables obtained by INTELWIRE under the Freedom of Information Act detail the warnings, as well as the specific concern about an impending attack against the United States.
also see these by George Washington:
5 Reasons that Corporate Media Coverage is Pro-War
A Cheaper and More Effective Military Strategy for Afghanistan
What Empires Have Said Throughout History: "One More Surge"
Little Known Facts About Afghanistan and Bin Laden - George Washington
Evidence which has come out over the last couple of years makes it clear that top Bush administration officials knew that Saddam didn't have weapons of mass destruction and knew that Saddam had no connection with 9/11.
It is now reasonably obvious that the Bush administration was looking for an excuse to oust Saddam, and - in the words of the Downing Street Memo - “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy”.
Dead man walking, with assistance
"I think now, frankly, he is dead for the reason he is a ... kidney patient," Gen. Pervez Musharraf said on Friday in an interview with CNN.
Musharraf said Pakistan knew bin Laden took two dialysis machines into Afghanistan. "One was specifically for his own personal use," he said.
"I don't know if he has been getting all that treatment in Afghanistan now. And the photographs that have been shown of him on television show him extremely weak. ... I would give the first priority that he is dead and the second priority that he is alive somewhere in Afghanistan." CNN Jan 18, 2002