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September 14, 2006 Special Dispatch No. 1288

Editor of Kuwaiti Daily: ‘Fighting Terrorism Should Not Be the Concern of Only the U.S. – We Need an International Alliance to Combat This Phenomenon’

September 14, 2006
Kuwait, The Gulf | Special Dispatch No. 1288

The following is an op-ed, in the original English, by Ahmed Al-Jarallah, editor of the Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyassa. [1]

"Five years have passed by since the destruction of the World Trade Centre in New York in one of the worst terrorist attacks in the world. Although the United States has been able to prevent the spread of terrorism since that fateful day, it has yet to succeed in its mission of rooting out terrorism once and for all. This is because in the aftermath of 9/11 terrorists have proved their ability to improvise their methods, which has enabled them to continue their operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"Fighting terrorism should not be the concern of only the United States. We need an international alliance to combat this phenomenon because terrorism is not targeting any one country. Terrorists are active all over the world including the Arab and Islamic countries, and Western Europe where Spain and Britain were the recent victims.

"Five years after the destruction of the twin-towers in New York, terrorism has proved its ability to attack not only the U.S. but any other country at any moment. President Bush thinks America's internal security and military operations abroad must be improved to confront this enemy and prevent terrorism from establishing an empire based on ideologies of hatred.

"In view of these facts, the whole world will pass through a tough time until terrorism is ended. President Bush recently said 'America won't be alone in this tough time. The United States is determined and dedicated to win this war against terrorism.'

"The problem is that terrorism has different sources. If these sources coordinate to open several fronts at the same time, the situation will become dangerous. Terrorists, who are active in Afghanistan and Iraq, have attacked Egypt and Saudi Arabia besides creating turmoil in India and Pakistan. We need international cooperation at the highest level to fight terrorism and end controversies over differentiating between terrorism and resistance.

"The United States can't achieve this mission alone. The international community must support America in its efforts to root out this danger, which wants to spread hatred, destruction and killings all over the world."


[1] Al-Siyassa (Kuwait), September 11, 2006.

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