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BTL:On 2nd Anniversary of 9/11 Attack, Americans Ask if... (english)
12 Sep 2003
...U.S. Wars Have Made Them Safer.Interview with John Gershman, Interhemispheric Resource Center senior analyst, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris.
On 2nd Anniversary of 9/11 Attack, Americans Ask if U.S. Wars Have Made Them Safer

Interview with John Gershman, Interhemispheric Resource Center senior analyst, conducted by Scott Harris

As Americans observe the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that killed some 3,000 people, President Bush's "pre-emptive" military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq are meeting heavy resistance. Forces connected with Afghanistan's Taliban government, toppled by the U.S., have regrouped and are now conducting regular attacks against U.S. and Afghan government soldiers, as well as aid workers from around the world.

In Iraq, guerrilla assaults on U.S. and British soldiers have killed and wounded an increasing number of troops, while deadly bombings have targeted United Nations headquarters, a Shiite holy shrine and the Jordanian embassy. Victims of the attacks have included top U.N. diplomat Sergio de Mello and powerful Shia cleric Mohammed Bakr al Hakim. At the same time, sabotage of Iraq's oil production and utility infrastructure has deprived the wartorn nation of basic services and desperately needed revenue.

President Bush recently told the nation that, "We are fighting that enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan today so that we do not meet him again on our own streets, in our own cities." On the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, many Americans are asking themselves if the Bush administration's foreign and domestic policies have made the nation safer and less vulnerable to future terrorist strikes. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John Gershman, senior analyst with the Interhemispheric Resource Center, who assesses the effectiveness of President Bush's initiatives to counter terrorism.

Read John Gershman's articles online at

Related links

* "Bush's Homeland Insecurity," by John Gershman, Policy in Focus,, Sept. 9, 2003

* "Al-Qaida Issues a Chilling Warning," The Guardian, Sept. 8, 2003

* Interhemispheric Resource Center ,

* United for Peace and Justice at

* Between The Lines Reports from the 9/11 Terror Attack

Between The Lines Special Report Analyzing Fallout From New York-Washington Terrorist Attacks, Week Ending 9/21/01

* "New York-Washington Terror Attacks Aggravate Xenophobia and Could Erode Civil Liberties," Sarah Wunsch, attorney with the National Lawyers Guild

* Between The Lines Special Report Analyzing Fallout From New York-Washington Terrorist Attacks, Week Ending 9/28/01 Interviews:

* "In the Wake of Terror Attacks, Thousands Gather in New York's Union Square to Mourn and Debate," on-the-street interviews

* "The Nation Questions Why U.S. Intelligence Agencies Failed to Detect or Stop Terror Plot,"interview with Lou Wolf, co-founder and publisher of Covert Action Quarterly. Wolf speaks about the Bush administration's plan for long-term war.

* "Will Bush Administration Respond to Assaults on New York and Washington with Indiscriminate Violence?" interview with Joy Gordon, an attorney and professor of philosophy at Fairfield University. Gordon speaks about Bush's quote of "ending nation states that sponsor terrorism" and his equating Iraq's Saddam Hussein with Adolf Hitler.

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"Between The Lines" is a half-hour syndicated radio news magazine that each week features a summary of under-reported news stories and interviews with activists and journalists who offer progressive perspectives on international, national and regional political, economic and social issues. Because "Between The Lines" is independent of all publications, media networks or political parties, we are able to bring a diversity of voices to the airwaves generally ignored or marginalized by the major media. For more information on this week's topics and to check out our text archive listing topics and guests presented in previous programs visit:
"Between the Lines," WPKN 89.5 FM's weekly radio news magazine can be heard Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. ET; Wednesdays at 8 a.m. ET and Saturdays at 2 p.m. ET (Wednesday's show airs at 7:30 a.m. ET during fundraising months of April and October).
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