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October 1, 2001


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While downtown still smolders, and the country gears up for a likely war against the perpetrators of the September 11 attacks, we must keep in mind that state-sanctioned terrorism, too, should be rooted out.

While the US looks upon Pakistan for help in its new 'war on terror,' lessons from the past teach us that the alliance can have sinister repercussions.

The attacks on the Twin Towers show us an ugly truth too long believed in: that of the safe, antiseptic war.

The United States cannot dodge its responsibility by withdrawing from the World Conference Against Racism.

The battleground is now on US soil—not just against the terrorists, but those who would highjack the terrible event and twist it to their own ends.

The September 11 attacks show us our vulnerability—an especially terrifying prospect when paired with the threat of nuclear proliferation.

The attacks on the Twin Towers will be called 'mindless terrorism,' but the blowback the United States is experiencing is far from mindless.

The military and the national security bureaucracy are quick to use the terror attacks to demand more funds and discretion.


Robert Scheer

In a war on terror, there is no victory, for terrorism will always exist. It can be contained, but not eradicated.

The September 11 terrorist attacks are already being spun by Washington to fit into its prearranged playbook—the usual language and the usual suspects are already being bandied about.

Although the terrorist attacks are—and will continue to be for some time—at the forefront of the world's attention, we must remember that the struggles of yesterday still go on.

Stop the Presses

CNN, regularly derided as 'liberal' by conservative commentators, is only liberal if that word stands for 'somewhat sane.'


Liberal groups are also concentrating on influencing the next generation of legal scholars.

While to some the United States might seem to be united in its thirst for vengeance, there's a burgeoning antiwar movement that belies the war rhetoric.

Oklahoma pushes yet again for 'right to work' legislation.

US nuclear facilities could be targets of the next terrorist attacks.

Unfounded attacks on school textbooks have had disastrous consequences.

The lesson of fifteen years is that real change requires a people's movement.

How the right rears its young lawyers.

Books & the Arts

Arthur C. Danto writes about the career of Philip Guston.

Patricia Highsmith was a master writer of crime and suspense.

Two books on modern policing and the racial dynamics that go with it.