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U.S. Middle East Policy Angers Much of Islamic World...

William Blum left the State Department in 1967 because of his opposition to the U.S. war in Vietnam. He's the author of "Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower." He spoke with your reporter Denise Manzari about the history of U.S. Middle East policy in light of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
U.S. Middle East Policy Angers Much of Islamic World, Breeding Sympathy for Terrorism
Interview by Between the Lines' Denise Manzari.

In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, the question, "Why do they hate us so much?" was asked by shocked American citizens. That question was repeatedly answered by the Bush administration and a majority of the corporate media by stating that what was under attack was what we stand for: America's freedom and democracy. But while the United States wages its war on terrorism, the media has reluctantly begun to explore that question.

Most Americans have forgotten that the CIA covertly aided Islamic fundamentalist groups, or mujahideen, putting together an army to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan. Among Washington's allies in that battle was Osama bin Laden.

William Blum left the State Department in 1967 because of his opposition to the U.S. war in Vietnam. He's the author of "Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower." He spoke with your reporter Denise Manzari about the history of U.S. Middle East policy in light of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks(A RealAudio Version of this interview may be found At www.btlonline.org).


"Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower," is published by Common Courage Press at www.commoncouragepress.com

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