More bloodshed in the Middle East, this time a despicable attack on a bus in Jerusalem, which killed 20 people and left dozens wounded.

The way it’s been going for the last few months (decades) is like this: illegal occupation and horrible bombings (which is the cause and which is the consequence depends on your allegiance). Then the Bush Administration spoon feeds us more sound bites like Arafat needs to do more, condemn the violence, peace process, etc. It’s never going to end. Except perhaps when the laws of nature (human reproduction) change the givens in this terrible mess.

Meanwhile, Ted Turner gave an interview to The Guardian newspaper in which he was quoted as saying:

“Aren’t the Israelis and the Palestinians both terrorising each other?” says Turner, who is vice-chairman of AOL Time Warner, which owns CNN, in an exclusive interview with the Guardian. “The Palestinians are fighting with human suicide bombers, that’s all they have. The Israelis … they’ve got one of the most powerful military machines in the world. The Palestinians have nothing. So who are the terrorists? I would make a case that both sides are involved in terrorism.”

CNN chief accuses Israel of terror

Interestingly enough, this quote is absent from Ted Turner’s own news network, CNN.

Note: I just checked (at 6:50 pm) and now CNN has a retraction of sorts. Of course. You can read about it here.

Elsewhere, Syria, one of the countries that the Bush Administration lists as a state sponsor of terrorism, has a key figure in the September 11 attacks in custody. The Post claims that a German national of Syrian origin was arrested by Morocco and then expelled, with US knowledge, to Syria (rather than to his country of citizenship). So it appears that there has been at least one other arrest beside the three that Morocco spoke about last week. Here is an excerpt from the Post

Syria remains on a State Department list of regimes that sponsor terrorism. And Syrian officials have begun to complain that the United States is not acknowledging its assistance in the war against terrorism. According to Arab intelligence sources, the Syrian debriefing of Zammar, 41, is providing the United States with critical information on the genesis of the plot to attack New York and Washington as well al Qaeda’s structure and possible plans.
It is unclear if U.S. officials have direct access to Zammar or whether the Syrians put questions from the United States to the prisoner and then report back. But an Arab source said Zammar has become another check on information the United States gleans from the interrogation of al Qaeda prisoners worldwide, including the captured senior bin Laden Lieutenant Abu Zubaida.

Now the interesting part is the apparent lack of communication at the highest (intelligence) levels between the US and other countries. The article goes on:

German intelligence sources said today that they were only informed by U.S. officials Thursday of Zammar’s imprisonment in Syria after an article in The Washington Post raised questions about his whereabouts. Zammar is being held by the Syrian authorities on long-standing charges that he was involved in a bombing plot in the country, Arab officials said.
German officials here expressed displeasure that both Morocco and Syria violated their obligations under international law to inform them of their citizen’s arrest. They also said the United States, an ally, had shut them out of the operation to detain Zammar.


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