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BTL:Critics Claim Bombings in Saudi Arabia, Morocco Expose Failure of... (english)
22 May 2003
...Bush War on Terror Interview with Beau Grosscup, California State University professor of international relations, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
Critics Claim Bombings in Saudi Arabia, Morocco Expose Failure of Bush War on Terror

Interview with Beau Grosscup, California State University professor of international relations, conducted by Scott Harris

The bombing attacks on targets in both Saudi Arabia and Morocco over the past week has refocused the world's attention on the threat posed by al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Three simultaneous suicide bombings of western residential compounds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia killed 34 people including eight Americans. In Casablanca, Morocco, five locations were bombed, resulting in the deaths of 28 victims. Saudi and U.S. officials assert that the attacks in Riyadh were organized by al Qaeda, while less is known about the network that carried out the assault in Casablanca.

The deadly suicide bombings come after more than a year of U.S. preparations for its invasion of Iraq, that the White House declared was an integral part of its war against terrorism. But critics charge that the Bush administration has never substantiated its claim that Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden had worked together to plan the Sept. 11 attacks or any other terrorist strike. With security alerts on high in the Middle East and in the U.S., Florida senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bob Graham recently argued that President Bush's almost exclusive focus on the war against Iraq had allowed al-Qaeda to regenerate.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Beau Grosscup, professor of international relations at California State University, who examines the conduct of the Bush administration's war against terrorism, in view of the recent bombings in Saudi Arabia and Morocco.

Beau Grosscup's book, "The Newest Explosions of Terrorism" is published by New Horizon Press.

Related links

"Al-Qaeda Threatens 'Stunning Blows' Against U.S., Israel," ABC News Online, May 18, 2003 "Firm Was 'Cover for CIA,'" by Ian Cobain, the Times/UK, May 14, 2003 "Mercenaries Inc.: How a U.S. Company Props Up the House of Saud," by William Hartung, The Progressive, April, 1996 "Iraq war helped boost Al Qaeda," Editorial by the Toronto Star, May 20, 2003 "Blowback in Riyadh," by William Rivers Pitt,, May 15, 2003 "Whatever Happened to Bin Laden?" by Greg Palast, The Progressive Populist, March 8, 2003

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