From the International Paper

Yossi Melman Ha'aretz, 17 September 2001 said “5 Israelis detained for “puzzling behavior” after WTC tragedy, the five Israelis who had worked for a moving company based in New Jersey are being held in U.S. prisons for what the Federal Bureau of Investigation has described as "puzzling behavior" following the terror attack on the World Trade Center in New York last Tuesday. The five are expected to be deported sometime soon.

The Los Angeles Times: There must be no finger pointing based on ethnicity or religion. If Americans turn on each other, those behind the heinous acts will be the winners. Never again can this nation be quite so secure. Tuesday was a day that changed America.

The Miami Herald: The attacks exposed a special weakness in America's national security. President Bush wants to spend billions more on a missile-defense shield that would have been useless yesterday (September 11th, 2001).

In an article named “adding insult to nation’s injury” Robert L. Jamieson Jr. a columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote: “After the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center, innocent Arab Americans were on the receiving end of hate hurled by people who were mad, angry and hurt. A few years later, Arab Americans were targeted again after the Oklahoma City bombing. In that tragedy, the main culprit turned out to be a white American man. So why is it so easy for some of us to point fingers, blame Arab Americans and make the evil of a few the burden of an entire people? For the most part, the answer is racism.

In an article named “Americans cannot ignore what their government does abroad” Seumas Milne wrote in the Guardian Britain Thursday September 13, 2001

”Nearly two days after the horrific suicide attacks on civilian workers in New York and Washington, it has become painfully clear that most Americans simply don't get it. From the president to passersby on the streets” then he added, “why people might have been driven to carry out such atrocities, sacrificing their own lives in the process - or why the United States is hated with such bitterness, not only in Arab and Muslim countries, but across the developing world - seems almost entirely absent. Already, the Bush administration is assembling an international, coalition for an Israeli-style war against terrorism, as if such counter-productive acts of outrage had an existence separate from the social conditions out of which they arise. But for every (terror network) that is rooted out, another will emerge - until the injustices and inequalities that produce them are addressed”

In an article named “There is a legal way out of this...” Geoffrey Robertson wrote in the Guardian Britain Friday September 14, 2001

”We expect a hot blooded "retaliation" rubber-stamped by NATO and legally justified by reference to the primitive "right" of a state unilaterally to use force in self defense. There will be no burden on the US to prove more than a suspicion of guilt, and no questioning of the presidential proposition that a state is as "guilty" as the terrorists it happens to harbor. This is incorrect in law (unless those who run the harboring state know of their plans) and affords no moral mandate for killing its innocent and oppressed citizens. Two wrongs, in law as in logic, cannot make a right”.

“The treaty lays down detailed mechanisms for bringing perpetrators to justice, if not in their own country then at an international criminal court. The most formidable opponent of international criminal justice has been the Pentagon, allied with the Jesse Helms faction of the Republican Party, obsessed with the notion that American sovereignty would be degraded if an American were ever indicted as a war criminal. Their latest wheeze has been to promote in Congress the misnamed American Service Members Protection Act, designed to sabotage the court by withdrawing US cooperation and permitting the president to use force to free any American ever "captured" by the Hague prosecutors.”