Thursday, September 20, 2001  [!]

Adel Karas, keeper of a small corner shop, was shot dead in his store. The place, close by—San Gabriel (I live in the region, it's called the San Gabriel Valley). Tho detectives call it robbery-related (tho no money was taken), FBI have opened a hate-crime probe. "If Karas was targeted for his perceived religion or ethnicity, a cruel absurdity lies in the ignorance of the act: He was a Coptic Christian who had fled Egypt more than 20 years ago because of persecution by the Muslim majority."

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Listening to the George Bush speech on the radio, feeling mostly heartsick, heartsick for what's to come, I take a bit of comfort that one of the longest periods of applause was in response to this statement:

I ask you to uphold the values of America, and remember why so many have come here. We are in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them. No one should be singled out for unfair treatment or unkind words because of their ethnic background or religious faith. [read the entire text]
But I cringed at the statements about how we're a beacon of democracy, our leaders are elected (cough, cough). And also the discussion of why we are hated, and about totalitarian regimes—which totally ignored the role that our government has played in other parts of the world.

A day off from the net... it wasn't intentional, but was welcome, nonetheless.

L.A. Times: Phone Call from Aboard Flight 11 Partial description of a phone call from a flight attendant aboard American Airlines Flight 11.

William Safire: Equal Time For Hitler

The primary source of information for the average Afghan is the radio, often a transistor made 30 years ago. The 20 transmitting towers of the Taliban's Radio Shariat (meaning "Islamic law") are spewing out hatred of America all the time.

Why is there no Radio Free Afghanistan broadcasting the truth about the consequences of harboring the headquarters of terrorism?

Why are Afghans not told that their rulers' decision to hide Osama bin Laden is the direct cause of the withdrawal of U.N. relief and the starvation that they now face?