File 911: The War in South Asia
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John O'Sullivan, "True Allies"
(2/27/02). The war is not the only reason why ties between America and India are growing closer.
Dana Dillon, "Another Afghanistan?"
(4/8/02). Although most of its citizens have no sympathy for Islamofascism, the world's largest Moslem country is a weak link in the war on terrorism and could become the next big battleground.
Marin J. Strmecki, "Our Ally, Our Problem"
(6/18/02). "As the Bush administration moves into the next phases of the war against terrorism, it will need to confront a profoundly difficult problem: Pakistan is at the same time an indispensable partner in that war and a principal and continuing source of the terrorist threat."
Bill Guerin, "Indonesia: The Enemy Within"
(10/14/02). "This political manipulation using Islamic symbols is extremely dangerous and poses the greatest danger ever to Indonesia's stability since the downfall of Suharto. The crisis of leadership suffered by Indonesia that allows Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism to be confused with all Islamic movements, political and social, non-violent and violent, is driving a wedge between the West and the Indonesian Muslims. If the West and the Islamic world cannot meet in the middle, then the future holds only the frightening prospect of more hatred and radicalism, the rise of more extremist movements, and a breeding ground for recruits for the bin Ladens of the world."
Ralph Peters, "The Eastern Front"
(10/15/02). "After suffering devastating losses around the world, Islamic terror networks are attempting to return to the offensive, to prove they are still viable. But the half-dozen targets they recently struck in Asia illuminate their weakness and rage, not an intelligent global strategy."
John Howard, "Act of War"
(10/15/02). The Australian Prime Minister's address to Parliament on the terrorist attack in Bali.
Eric Boehlert, "Indonesia at the Crossroads"
(10/16/02). Interview with Robert Hefner, an expert on Indonesia from Boston University, analyzing the conflict between moderate and radical Islam in Indonesia. Being on the Salon site, the headline naturally emphasizes Prof. Hefner's throwaway comment about how a U.S. invasion of Iraq won't be popular with either Indonesian camp, but that is far from the main thrust of his comments.