by Norman Solomon
The USA's mass media constantly tell us how Americans see the "war on terror." But the same outlets rarely tell us much about how the rest of the world sees it.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
All the fuss over ABC's miniseries The Path to 9/11 has been over its factual inaccuracies blaming Bill Clinton for the terrorist attacks. But there is another big problem with the movie: most of the shooting was exported to Canada to save money, diverting millions of dollars from the American economy. The following is a picture of actors reenacting the collapse of the World Trade Center - in downtown Toronto:
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Ray McGovern
Addressing the use of torture yesterday President George W. Bush played to the baser instincts of Americans as he strained to turn his violation of national and international law into Exhibit A on how "tough" he is on terrorists. His tour de force brought to mind the charge the Athenians leveled at Socrates -- making the worse case appear the better. Bush's remarks made it abundantly clear, though, that he is not about to take the hemlock.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZ
The sad part of it all is that Al Qaeda wasn't in Iraq, at least not until Bush invaded the country.
The Bottom Line About ABC's Democrat-Bashing Docudrama
by Tony Peyser
It has more to do
With November 7
Than it does
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
1//The Daily Times, Pakistan--WAZIRISTAN PEACE DEAL RAISES CONCERN IN KABUL (Pakistan's peace deal with pro-Taliban tribes along the Afghan border in North Waziristan has raised concern with analysts in Afghanistan asking if the militants could be trusted to halt the cross-border movement of insurgents. They also questioned the timing of the accord in North Waziristan on Tuesday, on the eve of a visit to Kabul by President Pervez Musharraf who said "the deal was an achievement." The deal aims to end two years of violence in the semi-autonomous tribal zone of North Waziristan. ... Musharraf insisted at a media briefing with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday the deal meant that there would be "no Taliban activity on our side of the border or across the border in Afghanistan." Karzai, desperate to end an increasingly deadly insurgency that many say is being fed by rebels trained in Pakistan, said "we will wait and see." Afghan analyst Waheed Mujda, however, said the deal was "absolutely not good for Afghanistan." The Pakistani Army's presence would be reduced, and there was no guarantee the tribal area would actually stop militants from crossing into Afghanistan to wage insurgency, he added. "How will it work and who will monitor the implementation of all the terms?" Mujda questioned. ... There are misgivings even in Pakistan. "On the face of it, the agreement can be seen as a breakthrough, but if one reads the finer print, it appears that the government has all but caved into the demands of the militants," said a Pakistani newspaper.)
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
As BuzzFlash readers know by now, the ABC Television Network, owned by entertainment behemoth Disney, has spent $40 million to run a commercial-free, fictionally-"enhanced" account of the events leading up to and surrounding 9/11.
Subject: Give ABC/Disney a Letter, Email or Call and Let Them Know What You Think of Them Getting Involved in Politics
To Whom It May Concern, I've got to say how pleased I am to see Disneynews taking on 911. I hope the Republican National Committee at least appreciates all you're doing for them. I at least hope that you'll have tinkerbell sprinkle some stardust on their new docu-drama series "The Path to 911." This is just one more reason for me to feel assured that when I see that Iraqi mess on my television each night I know it just isn't Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld that's at fault but I also know that Mickey Mouse is guilty up to his eyeballs in what's going on in Iraq. I've just got to say I hope none of the higher ups at Disney/ABC lose any kids in Iraq. After all what fun would a class war like that be?
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Marjorie Cohn
With great fanfare, George W. Bush announced to a group of carefully selected 9/11 families yesterday that he had finally decided to send Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and 13 other alleged terrorists to Guantánamo Bay, where they will be tried in military commissions. After nearly 5 years of interrogating these men, why did Bush choose this moment to bring them to "justice"?