Using 9-11 Fears to Set National Security Policy

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The attacks of September 11 occurred almost three years ago, when they were -like a blinding flash, benumbing the country with a sudden knowledge of unimagined dangers.- Three years later, the war on terror dominates US policy-making and the presidential campaign. Senator Kerry attacks President Bush-s actions, but not his goal of fighting the terrorist threat at all cost. Critics of both men concede that the threat is real enough, but ask if it is being exaggerated for political gain. Will actions based on excessive fear give the terrorists what they could never get on their own? Does Kerry offer a sufficient alternative? Is there any real choice? Warren Olney discusses the impact of 9-11 on setting national security policy with journalists from The Nation and the Los Angeles Times, national security and military affairs analysts, and a foreign policy advisor to the Kerry campaign.
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Saudi Press Agency on Prince Abdullah's offer of pardon

Arkin's article comparing Kerry to Bush

Greider's article on the 'war' on terror

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan against granting peace-keepers immunity for war crime prosecution

Lynch's article on US altering plan for exemption at ICC



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