- Created: Thursday, 07 May 2009 10:44
- Written by Trevor Rayne
FRFI 163 October / November 2001
‘You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war,’
US newspaper proprietor William Randolph Hearst in 1897, before the US duly acquired Cuba.
‘Afghanistan is the place where the Reagan doctrine paid off…The unravelling of the cold war began there,’
US ambassador to Pakistan 1988-91.
Within one week of the destruction of New York’s World Trade Centre and the attack on the Pentagon, the US Navy despatched two aircraft carrier battle groups towards Afghanistan. The British Royal Navy readied over twenty vessels scheduled for exercises off Oman to join the US fleet. For over 200 years British armed forces have paved the way for ‘free trade and civilisation’ in the Middle East and Central Asia. The result has been an arena of constant war. Now the US and British governments intend to demonstrate that the problems of the world can be solved by mass destruction from the air. Instead of four hijacked airliners there will be tens of thousands of bombers, jets, missiles, shells and helicopter gun-ships.