Having defied the writ of the United States, Afghanistan is being pounded into pieces. Violence, not the UN or the international legal system, was relied on to help settle the problem. Afghanistan must be destroyed in order to save itself from the ruling Taliban regime, the convoluted logic seems to suggest.

The American-led ‘war against terrorism in Afghanistan marks another highpoint in international deception and hypocrisy. Thus far no terrorist has been captured. The US Secretary of Defense has even admitted-probably with a straight face—that Osama bin Laden, the alleged mastermind of the 11 September attacks against the US, may never be captured. No ‘hard’ evidence against bin Laden has been reproduced and broadcast as if to say that the moment of execution/ retaliation is synonymous with the moment of truth.

Worse, the ‘war against terrorism’ is being sponsored by none other than the greatest “mafia don” in the rogues’ gallery (see the review of Noam Chomsky’s book in this issue). The gashing marks on the body of the condemned” (to borrow a phrase from Foucault) are of course not televised.

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