- White House ups Hollywood call: Entertainment’s senior statesmen asked to aid in fight on terrorism – Thankfully the internet will be here to tell the public the truth, once Hollywood and D.C. crank up their propaganda machine.
- Support for war falls worldwide – According to this story recent surveys 49% of French citizens, 65% of German citizens, 69% of Spanish citizens want the bombing to stop. Also, here are some more quotes from the story:
- Criticism of the United States has even shown up on the radio in Mexican folk songs known as corridos. One song, “The Mistake of the CIA,” goes, in part: “They are looking for you, bin Laden, the terrorist that the CIA trained, that was the biggest mistake of the American government.”
Farther south, the media in Argentina and Brazil have focused increasingly on civilian casualties in Afghanistan, fueling already strong anti-American sentiment. Bin Laden has emerged as a symbol of anti-Americanism among Brazil’s leftist and anarchist youth. His photo now shows up at rallies alongside local favorites such as Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
Members of two of the main soccer clubs in Rio de Janeiro have worn bin Laden T-shirts to games and unfurled bin Laden flags when their team scored a goal. Bin Laden has also become an underground hero among the street gangs that rule Rio’s hillside ghettos. Already resentful of the U.S. war on drugs, they see bin Laden as a symbol of power and resistance to the United States. The paper bags of cocaine selling for $1 each in Rio’s ghettos have bin Laden’s image stamped on them and sport new names such as “Taliban Cocaine.”
In South Africa, sympathy for the United States has turned to scorn with reports of Afghan civilian casualties.
“I do not understand the arrogance of the Americans,” said Siphiwe Moerane, a graphics designer sitting in a Johannesburg coffee shop. “How do you wage war against an entire country to get one man? We were all sorry to see the loss of so many American lives on Sept. 11. But why do Americans seem to think that their lives are more valuable than lives outside their borders? This is what makes people so angry at the U.S.”
Many Africans, who empathize with Afghanistan’s impoverished population, also hear echoes of colonialism and racism in the U.S. and British attacks. Many Africans still hold a grudge against the British for their colonial role in Africa. And they recall bitterly Washington’s support for such despots as the late Mobutu Sese Seku of Zaire, warlords such as Angola’s Jonas Savimbi and South Africa’s apartheid-era white-minority government.
“No one in his right mind can defend the gruesome murder of innocent children and the elderly in pursuit of one man whose guilt cannot be proved beyond doubt,” Garth le Pere, director of the Institute for Global Dialogue, told reporters in Johannesburg.
“It simply means that America has no regard for innocent lives lost in other parts of the world,” said Sipho Seepe, a South African political analyst. “For them the concept of innocent lives lost applies to situations where white and people of Western origin are involved. When it is black people’s lives or those of people of Indian origin, the concept does not apply.”