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Nov 2001 Journal

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Point of View

Third World war

With years of indoctrinated hatred, terrorist training and planning, backed with financial resources and an international network of co-conspirators, the perpetrators of the massacre in New York and Washington attacked the world's most advanced state at its heart. Against a nation built entirely by immigrants and their progeny, civilian aircraft were launched as weapons, sacrificing defenceless victims' lives on the altar of some atavistic god of vengeance.

Having failed in 1993, they were still set on destroying the twin towers of New York City's World Trade Centre, an icon of international commerce and prosperity. Of a typical day's 50,000 office workers, those who survived the planes' impact below the inferno fled down endless flights of stairs in the interval prior to the towers' improbable collapse. Had the quarter-mile-high blocks not imploded, but immediately toppled, the perpetrators might have succeeded in devastating downtown Manhattan and killing 100,000 people.

This unparalleled terror was nothing short of an act of war. The history of the appeasement of Nazi Germany informs us that unless the civilised world embarks on military action to combat the terrorists and frustrate their intentions, further acts of terror will be perpetrated, with the prospect of biological, chemical or atomic weapons being employed without compunction.

The dictatorships and fundamentalist theocracies which harbour fanatical terror groups may indeed have once fostered the world's great cultures, but today they are the very nations from which millions of their fellow Muslims are fleeing to the open and liberal democracies of the West as asylum seekers! Though they exhibit the resentment of under-developed, corrupt and backward societies, paradoxically their countries often rely on the generosity of the US for donations of food supplied under the UN banner. The Third World has not nominated those Islamic states to protect, encourage or support terrorist groups which indiscriminately seek to kill unarmed citizens of a perceived Judaeo-Christian enemy. War with the Third World can be averted by targeted and determined action.
Ronald Channing

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