Attack on Sudanese factory


    On August 20th Bill Clinton ordered missile attacks on a Sudanese chemical factory and at "terrorist-related facilities" in Afghanistan. Is Bill Clinton the terrorist?

    Former President Jimmy Carter has called for an investigation

    "Since the attack occurred, the Sudanese government has called upon the United Nations or any other authoritative agency to send a qualified technical team to investigate the nature of the facility. Despite early American reluctance to support this request, this is something that now needs to be done."

    The New York Times questions the attack ...

    ... within days of the attack, some of the administration's explanations for destroying the factory in Sudan proved inaccurate. Many people inside and outside the U.S. government began to ask whether questionable intelligence had prompted the United States to blow up the wrong building. ... Sandy Berger and Secretary of State Madeline Albright were convinced that Sudan could be making weapons for bin Laden... Hugh Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff gave him a list of targets in Sudan... Susan Rice, now the assistant secretary of state for african affairs, and a leading advocate of isolating Sudan.
    --Decision to Strike Factory in Sudan Based Partly on Surmise, NY Times, September 21, 1998

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  1. "...the Sudanese factory was selected as a target, more or less randomly, as part of a "message" the U.S. wished to send, a message that singled out no particular country or group, but warned that all would be subject to random acts of U.S. violence when it suited American needs. That is, in itself, the very definition of terrorism. And the Clinton administration's justifications for it--faithfully bleated by domestic media, but scorned in most of the world--is a series of lies far more lethal than the sex stories they obscured." --The Sudan Deception

  2. Without proof to the contrary, many will be unwilling to take President Clinton's accusations on trust - and may fall back on the cynical view that he is simply trying to distract attention from the Monica Lewinsky affair. --Islam and the West: an unholy war?, BBC, Friday, August 21, 1998

  3. "China is deeply disturbed by the U.S. missile attacks on targets in Sudan, Chinese Vice-Premier Qian Qichen told a special envoy of the Sudanese president on Monday. China opposes terrorism of any form and believes the international community should strengthen cooperation to fight against terrorism, Qian told Awad Ahmed al-Jaz, special envoy of Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, in Beijing. Xinhua news agency quoted Qian as saying China is ``highly concerned'' and ``deeply disturbed'' by the missile attacks on targets in Sudan and Afghanistan on August 20. Qian did not mention the United States. --China says deeply disturbed by attack on Sudan - REUTERS, August 31, 1998

  4. "Sudan's president, Lt. Gen. Omar el-Bashir, accused Clinton on Monday of being a war criminal for ordering the strike. ``The American president has violated international law, and he meant to destroy a civilian establishment and to kill innocent people. ... He is a war criminal of the first degree,'' el-Bashir said." --Sudan Files Criminal Suit Vs. U.S., Wednesday August 26, MOHAMAD OSMAN Associated Press Writer KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP)

  5. "Sudan permanent representative at the UN, al-Fateh Bin Orwa, reiterated his country's continued desire to dispatch a UN fact-finding commission to Khartoum in order to get acquainted with the US claims, which say the pharmaceutical factory hit by the US produced medicines for Sudanese citizens. In a statement to the BBC on Monday, the Sudanese representative added that his country is persistent to prove before world public opinion the thruth of the US position. He called upon the UN Security Council to shoulder its full responsibilities and meet the Sudanese request." --ArabicNews, 9/1/98

  6. "I must confess at being confused at various self made specialists on Middle East affairs use of the term terrorists. I am a naive Arab and thus easily confused. I am grateful to understand thanks to CNN that Osama was a freedom fighter when he killed Soviet troops during the Afghan war for the US,  but is now a terrorist for wanting to kill Americans. To make sure my understanding of who is a terrorist is correct I looked up this term in my dictionary,  "Terrorism: n. use of violence and intimidation to achieve political ends." But this official definition made me confused again. Surely if this definition was true that would mean that the US using bombs against Iraq and strong means of intimidation such as sanctions to secure the political ends of Iraq complying with UN resolutions is a terrorist act." --hurt too many innocent people

  7. "Author and U.S. political critic Noam Chomsky is among those who contend that some of the main practitioners of terrorism are countries like the United States, which regularly use violence for political motives, to intimidate and terrify... ``Nobody takes this principle seriously. It is a principle for the strong, and what it says is that the strong are allowed to attack the weak and defenceless any time they want to,'' Chomsky says. ``In response to terrorism, further terrorism is not authorized. If Cuba or Nicaragua or Lebanon or whatever were to drop bombs in Washington - although it would be justified under the Clinton doctrine - it wouldn't be justified in any other sense. ``It's all blatantly illegal, there's nothing more clear than what the U.N. Charter says about this (use of violence).'' --Is it terrorism to attack terrorists? By Allan Thompson, August 22, 1998, Toronto Star


    Here are quotes from some of the "terrorism experts" that the big media like to quote, courtesy of the Institute for Public Accuracy:

    VINCENT CANNISTRARO: According to Cannistraro, a former head of CIA counterintelligence, the Oklahoma City bombing had "the marks of a Middle Eastern group." (Washington Times, 4/20/95) Cannistraro has claimed that environmentalists are seeking to eradicate humanity with killer viruses: "There are small organized clandestine cells working on the development of technologies to diminish or even eliminate the race of man from the Earth." (San Francisco Examiner, 4/21/91) 

    STEVEN EMERSON: "Oklahoma City, I can tell you, is probably considered one of the largest centers of Islamic radical activity outside the Middle East." "This was done with the intent to inflict as many casualties as possible. That is a Middle Eastern trait." (CBS News, 4/19/95)

    LARRY JOHNSON: A former counter-terrorism official with the State Department, Johnson on the Oklahoma City bombing: "I think as we sort through the evidence, in my judgment, this has the hallmarks of Islamic ties." (CNN, 4/20/95)

    ROBERT KUPPERMAN: Senior adviser for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Kupperman ascribed guilt for the recent bombings in East Africa to an entire ethnicity. "The Arabs did it," he said. (AP, 8/14/98)

    NEIL LIVINGSTONE: A security consultant, Livingstone said: "Since the end of the Cold War, the biggest threat to the U.S. has come from the Middle East. I'm afraid what happened in Oklahoma has proved that." (London Daily Mail, 4/21/95) 

    TERRORISM "EXPERTS": WHAT'S THEIR RECORD? @Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

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