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The Crusade continues...
|Warnings have already come, and in public, from all over. The Germans, the French, the U.N., Arabs, there's already quite a long list. But the Americans are definitely planning to march forward on their Crusade... There are many "phases" already not just planned but in various forms and stages of execution. And the Israelis, working with and through their infamous Washington "lobby", are among the prime forces fanning the flames and helping plan the next "phases" of the all-purpose "anti-terrorism" Crusade they have preferred, and in many ways they have provoked, all along. So far in the gunsights: Somalia, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Hezbollah (Lebanon), Hamas (Palestine), the Phillippines, Indonesia, and even possibly Pakistan depending on just how much the regime there "cooperates" and whether in fact such regimes as those in Islamabad remain intact or, like Humpty Dumpty, crash into pieces and can never be put back together again.
WHAT'S AFTER PHASE I?
Often regarded as the dean of the White House press corps, Helen Thomas says in a recent column for Hearst Newspapers that ‘now that phase one of the war on terrorism is down to the mopping-up stage, what's next? Phase two? To hear some of President Bush's hawkish advisers talk, it's on to Iraq. Or is it Somalia? Or Sudan? Or the Philippines? Whatever. These advisers apparently don't want the world's only superpower to quit while it's ahead. Bush has warned the so-called "rogue states" that they are being watched "and will be held to account." He did not name them. Some of his conservative retreads from the Cold War have regretted, ever since the end of the Persian Gulf War, the fact that the U.S.-led coalition failed to finish off Iraq's Saddam Hussein in 1991.
Some administration officials are gearing up for another anti-terror war, urging the president to move swiftly from Kabul to Baghdad. The big push is coming from Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.
Without tangible provocation, Bush would be making a big mistake to start the new year by targeting Iraq or any other nation. America should be returning to its traditional post-World War II role as a peacemaker and a healer.
In fighting another hot war against Iraq, Bush might have to go it alone. Key allies such as Britain and France would probably desert him, and he would not have the support of the United Nations.
Reuters reported from Brussels on 19 Dec, quoting a German official, that the United States is likely to strike Somalia next. "It's not a question of 'if' but of 'how' and 'when'," the official said after U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld briefed NATO defence ministers on Tuesday on Washington's war against terrorism. "Anyone who rules out Somalia would be a fool," said the German official, who declined to be identified. q
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