Bush's War on Terrorism, Asian Viewpoint

From: Steve Drew (srdrew_1@hotmail.com)
Date: Mon Apr 15 2002 - 21:21:55 BST

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    Hi Grant

    > Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2002 08:44:54 -0700
    > From: "Grant Callaghan" <grantc4@hotmail.com>
    > Subject: Bush's War on Terrorism, Asian Viewpoint
    > The law of unintended consequences is now coming into play. What America is
    > doing looks much different through the eyes of people in Southeast Asia.
    > Many see it as a opportunity to use American ignorance of local issues to
    > carry out their own agendas with U.S. help. Others see the U.S. as a bull
    > in a china shop causing havoc as they blunder into situations they don't
    > understand and try to equate everything they see to the Al Qaeda and Osama
    > bin Laden.
    > Grant

    Interesting piece. In some respects this reflects what the critics in the
    West said when the War On Terrorism was announced. The various political,
    religious and cultural differences around the world are so varied that to
    try and lump them all together was naive.

    Is it a case of they must be seen to be doing something or do the American
    (and UK for that matter) authorities really believe they are fighting a war?



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