New name — Warlog: World War III … Cheney on this war: “It may never end — at least, not in our lifetime.”
– Another appropriately edgy Maureen Dowd column: “Many government officials here do not yet have a grip on an enemy etched in disappearing ink. Washington is rife with contradictory signals. The White House urges us to go out while Dick Cheney is under wraps. Congress urges us to stay calm and go about our business while the entire House takes a powder at the first sign of powder. We are supposed to shop till we drop, literally, as the F.B.I. and C.I.A. warn of major attacks at any moment. The capital is the heart of confusion.”
– Interview with Clash of Civilizations‘ Huntington: “Instead of the West versus the rest, could the clash become Islam versus the rest?”
– Britain’s plans for biowar.
– Rousing Julie Burchell rant on Islamofascists … Booker Prize winner Peter Carey’s letter from New York.
– NY Post victim: “ANTHRAX THIS!” … The National Enquirer: “Evacuated, medicated, dedicated!” … Anthrax in Rio … in Argentina … in Kenya …
– Striking Spiegel cover: The wounded city.
– Well-done Al-Ahram on the squeeze on Sharon and Arafat.
– Islam Online finds anti-bin-Laden sites.
– The Egyptian view of Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations (below). More against Clash. Moderates say there is no clash. That’s not what Bin Laden and the Ayatollah say. Yes, there is a clash of civilizations; the only question is whether we are civilized enough to get past it.
– Sell Creamora stock.
It’s time to start calling this….
WORLD WAR III
By any definition, the fight against terrorism is turning into a world war.
First factor: The major powers are engaged — the U.S. and Britain now; soon, Germany, France, and other NATO countries will be be sending troops. Russia and China are taking part, in their ways. Many other countries are involved: Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey….
Second factor: This is a war being fought on many fronts. It’s not just about hunting down one war criminal and his cult. Every Muslin/nonMuslim battleline is now drawn: The Arab world hopes that now is the time for the creation of a Palestinian state; Israel — under pressure from us — was reluctantly getting ready to go along; then terrorists met their agenda of agitating and avoiding peace with an assassination this week; now Sharon decrees that the Arafat era is over and he’s ready to fight. This is war. Meanwhile, India fears that we’re going to ally so closely with with Pakistan that it will affect its endless skirmish with Pakisatn Kashmir and so they launch attacks; this comes after terrorists launch their own attacks in India. This, too, is war. Indonesia threatens to flair up. Sri Lanka and the Philippines are not far behind. At the same time, Russia wants to mop up Chechnya and China is dueling with its Muslim minority. There are ever-present terrorist threats in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. And in the background, Iraq and Iran are dying to pick a fight with the West.
This is a world war.
But, of course, this will be nothing like the other world wars. This will be fought not in trenches or — in the longrun — from the air. This will be fought from inside countries. For the first time, the enemy is not apparent; it hides in caves and cheap New Jersey apartments and practices a strategy of silence. The enemy is among us. We are living in the battlefield. And that, by the way, is why the FBI’s performance during the anthrax attack is so disturbing, for we are depending on law enforcement (and, God forbid, the Post Office), not armed forces, to defend us at home and they are not prepared.
The President is right when he warns us that this will take time. This is a world war.
– Trenton’s day in infamy.
– NY Post calls Congress “Wimps.” On the one hand, I can sympathize with these “wimps,” turning into one myself. On the other hand, the symbolism of shutting down the Capitol is too virulent today; they should have decided to hold committee meetings in local hotels or TGIFridays; they should have said they were keeping moving with business as usual in spite of the fright. They should have asked themselves: “What would Rudy do?”
– Bin Laden’s mom. His dad. His shrink.
– Geologist reads the rocks behind bin Laden in his video; says he knows where the culprit is.
– Dan Rather as Churchill… From the CNN caption: “Anchor Dan Rather says ‘our biggest problem is not anthrax,’ but fear.”
– NY Times joins the Post (and me and half the country) complaining about the government’s uncoordinated response to anthrax. The LA Times jumps on the pile.
– Three Mile Island receives “credible threat.”
– Putin is said to tell Russians not to come to the U.S. because of terrorist attacks; Gorbachev cancels speaking tour.
– One down: Report says one bin Laden crony killed.
– Times of London big graphic on anthrax.
– Who’s Who of terrorist groups around the world from the Independent.
So far, they’ve hit (1) business, (2) the military, (3) media, (4) government. What’s next? We shudder to imagine. Entertainment? Commerce?
– Anthrax info: CDC … JAMA … HHS … WebMD … CBS Healthwatch … Dr. Koop …
– Washington Post: More justified criticism of the government’s handling of the anthrax attack.
– So the FBI said they didn’t see a connection until now. But the letters made reference to 9/11 and said “Death to Israel” and “Allah is Great.” Bozos.
– Today’s ridiculous anthrax scares: incense and tampons.
– Iron your mail to kill anthrax? DEBUNKED.
– First, smoke alarms. Then carbon monoxide alarms. Now, in Jane’s, chem-bio detectors.
– Maureen Dowd wigs out. I don’t blame her. So am I.
– Iranian radio says our troops are in Afghanistan [via Times of India].
– WWIII will be “between the West and the rest of the world,” says the security chief of Indonesia.
– Today’s idiotic overreaction: Robert Altman says that moviemakers (of which he is one) inspired the massive violence of 9/11 and they should be ashamed of themselves. What a crock from the old coot. The people who did this hate and decry American culture; they didn’t grow up watching it; they’re foreigners! And besides: I thought Nashville as an overrated bore.