Robert Fisk, Middle East correspondent for the Independent (UK) newspaper, visited New York on November 18 for a talk and was featured on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. I have never heard of him as far as I know, but he shared some of the most provocative thoughts on the Middle East situation, Afghanistan, and 9/11 that I have ever heard.
Among the things that struck me were these:
Fisk was berated on the radio on the evening of September 11 by well-known professor and attorney Alan Dershowitz for daring to ask "why?". This set the tone for what was to follow, i.e. a complete media shutdown of any questions that were at odds with George W. Bush's explanation, "They hate us because we are free."
Fisk noted that the so-called Muslims who attacked America on 9/11 would not know what democracy was 'if it crawled into bed with them', and therefore could not hate us for that reason alone. He also addressed the obvious: that the first thing any detective in the New York police department would try to learn about any crime is the motive.
He also mentioned during the interview that he found it unsurprising that the British, within a period of 18 months after the end of World War 1, created the boundary lines of Northern Ireland, the Middle East, and Yugoslavia.
Finally, Fisk discussed his eyewitness experiences of American forces 'pouring fire' on defenseless Afghan villages. He described how the American military has teamed up with Afghan 'special forces' and local warlords who direct the Americans to assault neighboring villages so survivors can be driven away and their meager property looted.
A comprehensive repository containing many of Fisk's articles and works can be found at http://www.robert-fisk.com/