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Acts of terrorism bringing civilized nations together

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Posted: Monday, December 01, 2003

The fingerprints of al-Qaida are all over the four horrendous attacks unleashed on Jewish and British targets in Ankara, Turkey ... as well as a similar truck bombing in Saudi Arabia a month ago. Over the past 18 months, acts of ruthless terrorism also have been carried out in the name of al-Qaida in Bali, Jakarta, the Philippines, Yemen and Morocco. This indicates that al-Qaida and offshoots of its brand of murderous Islamist fanaticism are on the offensive but, because they are unable so easily to penetrate Western countries, are striking soft targets in Muslim countries.

This strategy could prove to be the undoing of the Islamist terrorists. ...

The latest atrocities were timed to coincide with President Bush's state visit to Britain and could also have been intended as acts of intimidation directed at Prime Minister Tony Blair. ...

The scenes of death and destruction unleashed on innocent people in Ankara put the protests staged in London and other British cities against President Bush and Prime Minister Blair in perspective. How mindless, not to say malicious, it was for some of the demonstrators to call the American president and the British prime minister ''terrorists.'' ...

Savage acts of indiscriminate terrorism have the effect of binding the civilized nations together, as we saw (Nov. 20) in the virtually unanimous condemnation of the terror by the international community. ...

In the end, the use of suicide bombings will prove suicidal for the terrorist masterminds. Unwittingly, they have willed their own extinction.

The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C. - Nov. 21

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