At moments of national peril or national exaltation, patriotic emotions rise and people enthusiastically subscribe to any cause put forth to them. But these moments pass, the process of disengagement begins, and it usually does not take long for disengagement to eventuate in alienation. Another lunar cycle of thirty days has completed it's course (US bombing on Afghanistan started on Oct 8) and the might is yet to prove itself. The process of frustration and demands of disengagement has begun.
British ministers privately expressed frustration yesterday with the US prosecution of the war against terrorism, the first sign of serious differences between London and Washington since the attacks on September 11. (Guardian, Nov 9)
The German government came to the brink of collapse yesterday when Joschka Fischer, the Foreign Minister, threatened to resign over his Green party's reluctance to support the country's first combat mission since the Second World War. (Independent, Nov 9)
The United Nations is warning of a "disaster of tremendous proportions" after US planes bombed a hydro-electric power station close to a vast dam in southern Afghanistan. (Independent, Nov 8)
It seems to be our privilege today to prove ourselves right in the thesis that the world is our enemy; for if we reiterate this frequently enough and makes it the background of our conduct we are bound eventually to be right. Each one of us may have a different answer to the questions "who is whose enemy" and "who is waging a war against whom and why"?
We wage a war to save civilization itself. (President Bush - Nov 8 Address to the nation)
'Brutality smeared in peanut butter' America must stop the war now. (Arundhati Roy, Oct 20, MSNBC)
Hidden Agenda Behind War on Terror (John Pilger, Former Mirror chief foreign correspondent)
What creates a community of people who believe in 'reason', as against a mere aggregate of individuals, is the fact that they think objectively. This faculty permits them to interpret the past, make sense of the present and outline a shape for the future. Many believe that the political personality of US, as is known today, is the product of "imperial mentality", because what it does not do is just as significant, and just as consequential, as what it does. New set of rules are being laid out for the world to subscribe to. "Murder of values and universally accepted fundamental human principles is taking place on such a wide scale that if the world leaders still choose not to remove the blindfold of American influence from their eyes the whole world will turn into a perpetual inferno of violence and chaos." (Mufti Taqi Usmani, Nov 4)
Senator Joseph Biden (D-Delaware) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee warned that the US should avoid giving the perception to the Muslim world that it is a "high tech bully". Senator Biden's assessment needs to be given due consideration, because through just and moral actions can the US create a positive image in the World.
Behind the general fog that the ideology of dissent generates, the outlines of a very material sociological and political problem are emerging. This is not a popular war, indeed. It is among the people of reason that extreme dissatisfaction is rife. It is among them that the isolationist ideal is experiencing its final convulsive agony.
Conscientious people must offer alternate policies relevant to the reality that can sustain a system based on justice and address the harsh and nasty imperatives of imperial powers. Until that happens, mothers will continue their silent cries and children will not stop to sob and the world will remain restless and explode!
has said TRUTH.
who is the enemy, i think we all know who the enemy is it is plain to see and everyone can see it anyone that calls their self a nation with traditions, and they go out and change an entire country to live like them casting them out into the darkness of evil is the devil and it id plain to see if the people of the worlds can't see it then i can't see it but i can see it so that means that everybody can see it.
individual is insane.
It was a pleasure to have read your thought provoking article and I strongly agree with you.The US forces and its Western allies are acting as a global bully.I have to question in my mind:Why are the muslims suferring around the globe?Is there some problem with internal unity and why cann't they overcome these imperialistic(free masonary) powers?.Please raise this issue in your future articles.
My appreciation and Best wishes.
I pray for the safety and prosperity of USA.
Terrorism like war never solves anything. It only causes death and hatred. Bin Laden was wrong and if he is really so brave then let him come out of the caves and face his accuser like the man he claims he is.
And also remember he killed other muslims on 9-11-01., and for that alone the Taliban should give him and all others involved up to meet their fate, and end this.
regarding "the war" - i, and many others i know,
grow more and more uncomfortable by the day about
the means that have been adopted to "fight
terrorism", including australia's 'un-debated'
entry into the conflict.
furthermore, today is november 11th, and i wake up
not to a 'new australia', but one which has been
'hijacked' by a contemptible prime minister and
his government, only too willing to stir up racial
prejudice for political gain. i am ashamed of this
country and its handling of the so-called refugee
"crisis" - which only became a "crisis" as the
election campaign loomed. worse - australian's
have proved their stupidity and small-mindedness
by rewarding this kind of abject political
another bad day for what we still call
When our leaders said, after the cold war ended,
Islam is the gretaest threat to the West, they did not realize the implications. Now we are seeing the reaction to that threat. Let us have no delusion: WAR IS WAR, RAMADAN OR NO RAMADAN,AND IN WAR RULES ARE BROKEN. Someone once said the conquered has no history.
Your comments do show concern and offer hope that there will be changes.
I hope you find it interesting enough to reprint it in the bulletin.