Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
House of Horrors:
America Ten Years After 9/11
By Paul J Balles
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 12, 2011
Ten years after 9/11, Paul J Balles laments the stark fact
that the “entire litany of vicious crimes against humanity, fitting for
horrid, inhuman terrorist groups or Third World mongrels, now belongs to
Assassinations, kidnappings, torture – the actions of
uncivilized pirates, barbaric criminals and rogue governments.
entire litany of vicious crimes against humanity, fitting for horrid,
inhuman terrorist groups or Third World mongrels, now belongs to America.
“Beatings, deprivation of food and sleep, and cultural
shocks were part of the daily routine for Ghairat Bahir
during six years spent in US detention centres in
Every day another violation of human dignity is exposed in the medium of
the internet and ignored by most mainstream media.
The leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt
Romney, exemplifies the brutish attitude of leading Americans. Said Romney:
American strength is the
only guarantee of liberty, American strength turned the Cuban missiles
around, American strength caused the collapse of the Soviet Union,
American strength yanked Saddam out of his spider hole.
... On 31 August, Ian Cobain and Ben Quinn, writing in the Guardian,
revealed that US firms profited from torture flights.
In a rendition
programme, America hired private firms who "flew terrorism suspects to
locations around the world, where they were often tortured," the article
Nadeem Sarwar writing for
Critics, Islamabad, records how "Beatings, deprivation of food and
sleep, and cultural shocks were part of the daily routine for Ghairat Bahir
during six years spent in US detention centres in Afghanistan."
editor William Rivers Pitt refers to "the rancid reality of a free and
un-convicted Dick Cheney appearing in the public eye once again" following
the publication of Cheney's memoir.
"If there were any justice to be found in this deranged
country, Dick Cheney would have penned his pestiferous,
self-serving little memoir by the light of a bare bulb
inside the cell of a federal prison.”
William Rivers Pitt
Says Pitt: "If there were any justice to be found in this deranged
country, Dick Cheney would have penned his pestiferous, self-serving little
memoir by the light of a bare bulb inside the cell of a federal prison.”
According to Pitt, Cheney's "actions directly caused deaths and injuries
that number in the hundreds of thousands. The deaths he is responsible for
are ongoing to this day..."
In several appearances on televised
interviews, Cheney consistently attempted to defend his actions while in
office, including the use of torture in interrogations.
interviews, Cheney proudly admitted that he authorized torture, secret
prisons, and illegal wiretapping. All are crimes under US and international
Observes Robert Kaiser in the Washington Post, the
memoir attempts "to make clear how right Cheney always was, and how
wrongheaded were his critics and bureaucratic rivals.
More than once
Cheney tells us he would do again exactly what he did the first time, “in a
heartbeat”. He acknowledges no serious regrets about anything.
any universally acceptable code of justice, narcissists who serve nothing
but themselves, deserve to be arrested and prosecuted for their crimes.
Failure to do so makes the public complicit in their crimes.