Monday, Jun 10, 2002 Kurtz on Holy War Inc.

Nearly a month before Sept. 11, terrorism analyst Peter Bergen told a New York Times reporter that he should write about an al Qaeda propaganda videotape that Bergen had obtained.

“I think there is a major story to be told,” he wrote to Times reporter John Burns, “wrapping around the new bin Laden videotape and the various threats against U.S. facilities in the past months which can paint both a compelling picture of the bin Laden organization today, and responsibly suggest that an al Qaeda attack is in the works. . . . Clearly, al Qaeda was and is planning something.”

Thursday, Jun 06, 2002 Peter Bergen, Holy war, Inc.

CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen had finished the manuscript of Holy War, Inc. – his book about Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda – only a few weeks before the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.

Surveying bin Laden’s violent shadow world was a prescient choice for the Oxford-educated U.S. television journalist’s first book. In fact, Bergen’s publisher rushed Holy War, Inc. into print with some quick updating from its author ? and without a full index.

Thursday, Jun 06, 2002 Proizvodnja terora

Analitiear Si-En-Ena za terorizam, Piter Bergen, dovr?io je rukopis ove svoje knjige, koja govori o Osami Bin Ladenu i Al Kaidi, samo nekoliko nedelja pre teroristiekih napada na Njujork i Va?ington
Kao da je predose?ao ?ta ?e se desiti, amerieki televizijski novinar ?kolovan na Oksfordu, Piter Bergen, analizirao je jo? pre 11. septembra u svojoj knjizi Firma za Sveti rat mraenu senku Bin Ladena. Bergenovi izdavaei po?urili su da ubace tu knjigu u ?tampu ?to pre, sa nekoliko dopuna koje je autor hitno dopisao ? ali bez kompletnog indeksa.

Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has managed to do what Osama bin Laden could only dream of doing: uniting the umma, the global community of Muslims, behind the Palestinian cause — and, to a lesser degree, against the United States. Enormous rallies have swept the Muslim world in past weeks, protesting Israel’s military operations against the Palestinians, protests that easily dwarfed the pro-Osama demonstrations that followed the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2002 Terrorism expert speaks

eter Bergen remembers the night in 1997 when he was searched, blindfolded and driven under heavily armed guard into the mountains outside Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

“It was about midnight when Osama bin Laden appeared out of the darkness,” he said.

Saturday, Mar 30, 2002 Picking Up the Pieces

For most Americans, the events of September 11 came like a bolt from the blue on that beautiful, terrible morning. But as Strobe Talbott and Nayan Chanda observe in their well-written introduction to The Age of Terror, “the unforgivable is not necessarily incomprehensible or inexplicable.” In fact, all three of these books make clear that although the attacks on New York and Washington were unexpected for many, the warning signs had long been evident — at least to some of those who focus on terrorism.

Visiting Kabul in 1993, I struck up a conversation with a group of soldiers outside the bombed-out shell of a stately old palace. They were under the command of the Afghan Islamist militant leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and confidently assured me they would soon export their Islamic revolution northward deep into Central Asia, to the storied formerly Muslim lands of Samarkand and Bukhara.

Al-Jazeera said it didn’t air the tape because it wasn’t newsworthy, and announced Thursday it was severing its relationship with CNN, claiming the interview was stolen and aired illegally. CNN disputes that.
CNN’s Paula Zahn discussed the tape Friday with CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen, who has been studying bin Laden and his operation for several years.

Peter Bergen is a terrorism expert and consultant for CNN. He is the author of “Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden,” and he was recently a journalist-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University in Washington. He was interviewed shortly after the list of suspected hijackers was released by CNN.

Holy War Inc by Peter L. Bergen Weidenfeld & Nicolson pounds 18.99, pp302 The Age of Terror eds Strobe Talbott, Nayan Chanda Perseus pounds 8.99, pp224 How Did This Happen? eds James F. Hoge,Gideon Rose Perseus pounds 8.99, pp352 Two Hours that Shook the World by Fred Halliday Saqi pounds 7.99, pp256

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