The only journalist I would ever trust on anything related to the Middle East is Robert Fisk. In today’s Independent, he is his usual forthright, perceptive self.
“Mr Bush knows, and certainly his secretary of state, Colin Powell, does, that there is an intimate link between the crimes against humanity of 11 September and the Middle East. After all, the killers were all Arabs, they wrote and spoke Arabic, they came from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Lebanon. This much we are allowed to reflect upon.
But the moment anyone takes the next logical step and looks at the Arab world itself, we step on forbidden territory. For any analysis of the current Middle East will encounter injustice and violence and death, often the result — directly or indirectly — of the policies of the United States and its regional allies (Arab as well as Israeli).”