RE: Bush's War on Terrorism

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    Hi Grant

    > Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 17:29:53 -0700
    > From: "Grant Callaghan" <>
    > Subject: RE: Bush's War on Terrorism, Asian Viewpoint
    >>> 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?
    >>> Regards
    >>> Steve
    > I think they believe whatever they say not long after they say it. What we
    > have in the White House now is a bunch of cold war warriors trying to relive
    > the days when we "defeated the evil empire" by standing around and watching
    > as it collapsed from within through mismanagement.
    > Now they are engaged in a battle for they know not what and are calling it a
    > war because they think that will rally the nation around them while they try
    > and figure out what to do. One faction seems to want to take over the
    > policing of the whole world and run it in our image and another wants to
    > take the commanding heights of commerce and let the market (which we happen
    > to be in nominal control of at this moment in time) sort out the
    > relationships between countries. Neither faction seems to be paying much
    > attention to what is happening to the world as we play our global games in
    > the meantime.
    > It may actually turn into a war if they're not careful but it will be
    > nothing like we've ever seen before: jet planes against camel jockeys
    > charging across the desert waving kalashnikovs and crying "Allah Akbar."
    > The muslims have no industry, no armies to speak of, and they are trying to
    > destroy what science they once had in the name of some new kind of
    > creationism. It won't be a war as much as it will be a high-tech slaughter
    > of innocents who think they can stop the world and get off so they can step
    > back into a past that never existed.
    > Anyway, that's the way things look to me at the moment but who knows what's
    > just around the corner waiting for us?
    > Cheers,
    > Grant.

    I agree up to a point. You are forgetting something that in the UK at least
    is still aware. For some Muslims there are no Earthly borders. How many
    Muslims live in the west? How many will side with the Arabs? Push comes to
    shove where is America or the UK going to get its oil if they go for broke
    and blow the wells? Might be lots of dead martyrs, but how many dead
    westerners when the system shuts down. Ballistic missile shield wouldn't
    have stopped 9/11, what makes you think that high tech will provide a

    Or do you think they will opt for the biblical option of sowing the fields
    with salt?



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