Gulf of Tonkin Resolution? Because We Embrace Freedom?
for Public Accuracy News Release, 13 September 2001
FRANCIS BOYLE, email@example.com
- Professor of international law at the University of Illinois College
of Law, Boyle said today: "According to the facts in the public record
so far, this was not an act of war and NATO Article 5 does not apply. President
Bush has automatically escalated this national tragedy into something it
is not in order to justify a massive military attack abroad and an apparent
crackdown on civil liberties at home. We see shades of the Tonkin Gulf
Resolution, which the Johnson administration used to provide dubious legal
cover for massive escalation of the Vietnam War."
MATT ROTHSCHILD, firstname.lastname@example.org,
www.progressive.org - Editor of The Progressive magazine, Rothschild said
today: "President Bush said that America was targeted 'because we embrace
freedom.' Not knowing with any certainty who the attackers were, it's hard
to speculate on their motives. But many groups in the Third World have
grievances that are more specific than the ones Bush mentioned.... The
Pearl Harbor analogy has frightening connotations. Two months after Japan's
surprise attack, the U.S. government rounded up Japanese Americans into
internment camps. Now it seems highly improbable that Arab Americans or
Muslim Americans will be rounded up, but what does seem quite possible
is that the media's obsessive focus on a non-differentiated Islamic fundamentalism
-- mixed in with nativist sentiment that is always on the shelf -- will
create a cocktail of hate crimes."
RANIA MASRI, email@example.com, www.peace-action.org
- A national board member of Peace Action, Masri said today: "In Raleigh,
N.C. -- where I live -- the local mosque received two bomb threats the
day of the attack. The Islamic School in Raleigh had to close -- due to
fear for its students' safety. People driving by the mosque have been spewing
racist statements -- such as 'sand niggers go home' and 'death to you all.'
Several Arab women wearing Hijab had stones thrown at them from passing
cars, and have been spat on at the main university campus. In pockets across
the U.S. and Canada, the verbal threats have become direct physical assaults."
DAVID COLE, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center, Cole said today:
"In the past we have responded to acts of terrorism by clamping down on
basic civil liberties, by anti-immigrant actions, and by engaging in unjustified
and widespread guilt by association."
LARRY BIRNS, email@example.com, www.coha.org
- Director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, Birns said today: "The
Senate is ducking its responsibility in today's pro forma confirmation
hearings on John Negroponte as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
No public witnesses are being heard. While the Bush administration has
professedly become an apostle of democracy, it has selected one of the
most tainted figures of the Central American wars of the 1980s to be its
ambassador to the UN."
RYME KATKHOUDA, firstname.lastname@example.org,
www.wbix.org - A correspondent with WBIX, which is producing community
internet radio in Manhattan, Katkhouda witnessed the collapse of the World
Trade Center towers.
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