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November 21, 2003

US hegemony under challenge

Contrast this with this. The former says that Al-Qa'ida is all but finished. So says the US ambassador for counter-terrorism J. Cofer Black, who is currently in Australia. The latter is the worst terror bombing in Turkey's history. It was organized to coincide with US President George W. Bush's trip to Britain.

I would suggest that the terrorist bombing in Istanbul that targeted the British consulate and the London-based HSBC bank (and last week's synagogue bombings in Istanbul, and the bombing in Saudi Arabia the week before that), indicates that Al Qaeda has managed to regroup and rebuild its operational capabilities in the Islamic world. Rather than Al Qaeda being on the defensive it is on the offensive. Al Qaeda is capable of politically challenging the hegemonic power of the US.

I would also suggest that these attacks make evident the limits of America's capacity to create a benign world as espressed its conception of its manifest destiny to promote democracy and freedom in the world.
A. Dyson

The militant Islamists cannot win militarily, ie. defeat the US empire, but then they are not trying to. The strategy is to challenge US hegemony by destablising Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan----and Pakistan and Indonesia. If, as Owen Harris suggests, Iraq is the testing ground for implementation of the manifest destiny of the imperial presidency; then it is hard to disagree with George Paine's sober account:

'I see a continued American occupation causing a gradual or not so gradual slide into anarchy in Iraq. I see it causing the deaths of more and more American soldiers these deaths are already becoming "routine" in the eyes of the media and the oppression and death of even more Iraqis. I see a continued occupation continuing a not-so-gradual radicalization of the Iraqi population and world community while causing the accelerated growth of anti-American sentiment.'

In London the imperial president's visit was greeted with a carnival of protesters. He gave this speech. It is a more substantive speech than the one he gave in the Australian Parliament.

Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at November 21, 2003 11:05 AM

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It wouldn't be hard to outdo the speech he gave here. We'd heard it all before many, many times over the past 18 months.

Posted by: Niall at November 21, 2003 06:50 PM

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