This crime against humanity shocked peace-loving people around the globe and caused them deep sorrow and put them into rage. America's angry reaction to this terrorism is righteous, but I must say that they are overlooking something important.
The Bush administration judged this terrorism as an act of war and vowed military retaliation against the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them, while putting the finger on Osama bin Laden, sheltered in Afghanistan, as a prime suspect.
The problem is, however, that the Bush administration asked Kabul to hand over the suspected terrorist, otherwise they will take military action in spite of no decisive evidences that Osama bin Laden was behind the terrorism. If the United States retaliates militarily, it may lead to a wider war with Islam because their desire for revenge in the Middle East may backfire.
The United States justifies its use of military power while killing innocent people in the name of the world peace. Recent actions taken by the Bush administration should be reconsidered if it is really concerned with world peace.
Another problem is the media's biased reporting. The Western press misled international society and blamed the Arabs for this terrible terrorism, as if speaking for the Bush administration's position. The media have focused only on the brutal act without considering the reasons why this terrorism occurred in terms of a historical review of the international behavior of the United States. They ignored U.S. military intervention in other nations, while being busy with disclosing the past terrorism by the Arabs. That kinds of anti-Arabic tone of the media may have directly led to revenge on Arabs in the States.
Then, what is the ultimate solution to end this vicious cycle? This disaster shows that powerful military force can not secure the safety and peace of humankind. One nation bolstering its military force for national security also threatens other countries, causing a mutual military buildup. That will bring about cold war tensions once again.
The suggestion offered by Olof Palme, former Swedish prime minister in the 1970s, is persuasive in securing world peace. He insisted that we should achieve world peace by working with our enemies not against them, and that the international security system should depend on mutual existence. Thus, it is necessary to build up trust between nations through active international exchanges instead of trying to overwhelm other countries with military power. If the United States wants to be a real leader of the world, they should try to take the lead in constructing mutual trust.
Choi Jong-taek firstname.lastname@example.org
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