Issues / War & Peace
The U.S. should stop bombing and strengthen humanitarian relief efforts in Afghanistan.
While most Americans will support a relatively short war to crush the Taliban and capture Bin Laden, there are signs that President Bush and associates favor a much longer and more elaborate conflict--one that shows every risk of turning into a Vietnam-li
Instead of continuing the cycle of violence, we need to re-evaluate policies that lead to such anger and resentment.
If there is any logic to the terrorists' madness, it is to have the U.S. over-react and turn large segments of the Islamic world against the West. To launch a major military operation against Afghanistan would play right into Osama bin Laden's hands.
It appears that foreign governments will be rewarded or punished by whether or not they become part of the U.S.-led war against terrorism.
It would be premature at this point for anyone to come forward with a grand blueprint for America's future defense posture.
Whatever turn events take from here onward, the Pakistani state and society is bracing for a troubling time ahead.
If Muslims are responsible for the attack on America, then Muslims as never before will be in desperate need of American protection.
Ever since hijacked aircraft smashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, the White House and the Pentagon have been devising a menu of retaliatory strikes against those deemed responsible.
Did we make a monster out of Bin Laden?