on the Impending War
is a turning point in American history. The course of world events for the
next few decades will depend to a large extent on how this explosive situation
there is the possibility that the most awesome weapons are in the secret hands
of a Stalinesque dictator, and in the next few years he could well be in a
position to blackmail and terrorize the world.
even if he is now subdued and replaced by force, and even if the vast majority
of the Iraqi people were to celebrate with jubilance the overthrow of a
so-called leader who has caused so much harm and grief to his own people, the
embers of a violent intrusion with ruthless might of a superpower will spread
and ignite further the simmering hate and resentment towards the United States
that exists in many regions of the world today.
War on Terrorism is likely to persist for many years, flaring up here and
there to cause unimaginable anguish to countless innocent people all over the
the time has come to reconsider American foreign policy from entirely new
perspectives. The old mode has surely not been very successful when it comes
to endearing this most powerful, most wealthy, most creative, and most free
nation to the rest of the world.
spite of the enormous goodwill for
the time has come to re-think this policing-and-protecting-the-world paradigm,
to explore ways in which American financial, technological, and creative
strengths can be better utilized toward the solution of humanitarian and
ecological problems. It is not clear that we need men and women in uniform in
most instances, the actions of political terrorists spring from understandable
anger, extreme frustration, and a sense of impotence, rather than genetic
malice or insane religious bigotry. It would be wise, appropriate, and
fruitful to listen with sympathy to the leaders of all anti-American terrorist
groups, and exert every iota of goodwill and influence we can muster to
respond to their legitimate demands. Indeed, it is not clear that any other
approach will bring about a long range eradication of some of the
hate-and-hurt-America attitude which is simmering in many parts of the world.
far the Gandhian principle of non-violence has been applied only by the weak
to transform the strong. Now the