War for Terror
[This September 10, 2003 article is translated from the German on the World Wide Web, http://www.freace.de/artikel/sep2003/terror/00903.html.]
For two years now America ca has waged its "war against terrorism". Two countries were attacked and conquered. Sharp threats were levied against a whole series of other countries and civil rights in its own country and worldwide were whittled down.
This should show its first successes.
However this has not happened. Quite the contrary. The Taliban is becoming stronger and taking offensive action against the occupiers and the government in Afghanistan appointed by them.
On Sunday a tape recording allegedly coming from Al-Qaeda was released that claimed Al-Qaeda is stronger today than ever before and new attacks will bed perpetrated that "will make the US forget 9/11". In the past two years, a whole series of disastrous strikes charged to Al-Qaeda have occurred.
"Liberated Iraq" with its daily attacks on US soldiers may be transformed into a gigantic recruiting bureau for terrorists.
The situation between Israel and Palestine has escalated again despite international efforts and the "US roadmap to peace". Both sides regularly carry out strikes. The "targeted Israeli killings" can hardly be described any other way. Innocent persons are often killed. No real advances are apparent.
A whole series of countries, above all North Korea, realize that a "preventive war" of the US can only be countered by deterrence through possession of nuclear weapons. Therefore they pursue this goal.
Citizens of "western democracies" feel less and less represented by their governments. Demonstrations with 100,000 participants are ignored since "others know better". Rights and liberties are restricted more and more. Economic policy is seen as promotion of the powerful. It only seems a question of time until these feelings of momentary apathy turn into open hatred.
The costs of the "war against terrorism" have become incredible. The sum that US pResident Bush asked Congress to approve in addition to the conventional military budget could give every person on earth $25. This doesn't include the costs already contained in the gigantic military budget or the costs for US "Homeland Security", the costs for the Afghanistan war or the costs of other countries.
The question what would have been more beneficial for world peace and understanding among people may only be rhetorical.
Thus the "war against terrorism" could become a "war for terrorism".