News and events are updated regularly.
|North America's First|
Vol. I Number 4
Asian Outlook e-Monthly would like to express our
deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those
lost in the tragic events of September 11.
11, 2001 will
be a landmark date in the history of not only America but the whole
world. It was a day that changed the world.
Margaret Wente wrote in The Globe and Mail, published from Toronto,
Canada, “ It (September 11) will change the American way of life
and the American view of the world… Everything has changed, and
the world will never go back to the way it used to be.”
events change history, some change lives… our values, our
attitudes, our very personalities will change, as happens with
survivors of disasters. For we are all survivors today, all of us,
in every part of the free world”, wrote Andrew Coyne in the
National Post, published from Toronto, Canada.
from across the world stood in shock and watched the terrorist
attacks unfold in the United States. It was a day when people simply
stood rooted watching the TV or listening to the Radio.
was fear of the unknown, a fear that more devastation was to come.
It is almost three weeks and the uncertainty and the fear continues
as to what is coming next, when and where, and what will be the
reaction and repercussion of what America does.
The extraordinary scale and ferocity of the
attacks on American targets has left not just the United States but
much of the world reacting with horror – they amount to nothing
less than, as Indian Defence Minister, Jaswant Singh, has put it, a
crime against humanity.
doubt, the bombing of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and
the Pentagon was another act of terrorism.
years ago, a Chinese theorist said: “Kill one, frighten 10,000.”
In the modern times, in this age of terrorism, the axiom could well
read: “Kill one, frighten 10 million.”
Robert Nash is an expert on the history of terrorism. He is the
author, amongst twenty other books, of a book titled:
Terrorism In The 20th Century.
book, published in October 1998, provides a detailed history of our
uncertain times. It chronicles the history of worldwide terror,
including accounts of political assassinations. From the destruction
of the Los Angeles Times building in the 1910s to the truck bombs in
Beirut in the 1980s and the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, the
murder of innocent citizens is ever more becoming a real threat, he
the 1990s there have been only two interstate wars- Peru and Ecuador
and Iraq and Kuwait, compared to 61 interstate conflicts. The
resurgence of ethnic and religious groups has altered the behaviour
of insurgent groups.
ending of the cold war has dramatically changed the world security
environment. With increased globalisation, international terrorism
is fast emerging as the new threat to world order.
no state can secure its own security without developing co-operative
and collective security agreements with its neighbours and the
sort of irritation sets in amongst people in South Asia and the
Third World, at large, when they watch the collapse of the
World Trade Centre a hundred times.
"nobody takes notice when people die as a result of
terrorist attacks in our part of the world. When it happens in the
West – until now Europe – it is big news on all TV stations.”
The answer is: The Third World has not
developed the means of making use of the electronic media to send
across their message.
Notwithstanding the question, is a life in the West more valuable than a life in the rest of the world, this is the time to unite to fight terrorism by focusing on those who fund and support the terrorist attacks and not just bombing a country and killing innocent civilians, and dubbing that as collateral damage - which indirectly amounts to "state terrorism".