Rudolph Guiliani, former mayor of New York, made a strong case for Bush's conduct of the war on terrorism, and effectively linked it with the war in Iraq. He argued that for nearly 30 years, terrorists were not dealt with decisively, but indeed were rewarded for their behavior. Not until Bush vowed to defeat terrorism of global reach did the world go on offense against terrorism rather than defense, he said.
But, Mr. Guiliani, has an international strategy to terror truly developed? The world is divided over the war in Iraq. Some say the U.S. lost an opportunity to build that international coalition when it unilaterally invaded Iraq, and has fallen into a quagmire. To stabilize the country, it could take hundreds of billions of dollars and at least 125,000 troops committed for the next five years.
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Within months after the 1972 slaughter of Israeli athletes, Germans released terrorists involved in the act, he said.
"In 1985, terrorists attacked the Achille Lauro. And they murdered an American citizen who was in a wheelchair, Leon Klinghoffer. They marked him for murder solely because he was Jewish. Some of those terrorist were released, and some of the remaining terrorists -- they were allowed to escape by the Italian government because of fear of reprisals from the terrorists. So terrorists learned they could intimidate the world community and too often the response, particularly in Europe, would be accommodation, appeasement and compromise."
"And worse -- and worse -- they also learned that their cause would be taken more seriously almost in direct proportion to the horror of their attack. Terrorist acts became like a ticket to the international bargaining table. How else to explain Yasser Arafat winning the Nobel Peace Prize while he was supporting a plague of terrorism in the Middle East and undermining any chance of peace?"
"Before September 11, we were living with an unrealistic view of our world, much like observing Europe appease Hitler or trying to accommodate the Soviet Union through the use of mutually assured destruction.
President Bush decided that we could no longer be just on defense against global terrorism, we must also be on offense."
He said the war on terrorism will probably be over when we see "terrorist attacks throughout the world decrease and then end and we save lives," and "accountable governments develop in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq."