Faces of Denial

(New York Post) Ralph Peters - Europeans insist that the U.S. overreacted to 9/11. What Europeans fail to grasp is that the nature of terrorism has changed. The terrorists of the past were essentially political organizations with political goals, either to gain a people's independence or to force their ideology on society. The old-school terrorists that Europe survived did not seek death, none were suicide bombers. Now we face terrorists who regard death as a promotion, who believe themselves to be instruments of their god's will. While they'd like to see certain changes here on earth - the destruction of Israel, the U.S., the West, unbelievers and heretics everywhere - their longed-for destination is paradise.

2004-10-26 00:00:00

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