Issues / War & Peace
But as we confront this new war on terrorism we must remember what did not change on September 11th: The greatest potential danger to the U.S. and world remains the threat posed by nuclear weapons.
The U.S. should stop bombing and strengthen humanitarian relief efforts in Afghanistan.
Global warming is an example of an environmental issue that is perhaps not as obviously vital to national interests as terrorism, but which--like terrorism--has the potential to affect the entire world and not just the United States.
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.