- WORLD WAR 3? -
The alignments crystallized with amazing speed. Muslims in Indonesia, Pakistan, Egypt, Palestine demonstrated. About 20% of the world's nations seemed to be involved.
It is not a conventional war. It is a war between poor Dictatorship nations and rich, partially (i.e. representative) democratic nations. The poor believe the rich nations conspire to keep them poor, and do not recognize that it is their corrupt government that keeps them poor. The rich have been responsible for supporting the Dictatorships, if only by not condemning them for the evil that they are. The problem is the Muslim religion, which has the potential (along with Shinto) for the "holy suicide" meme.
In this war the USA is prevented by it's own humanity from replying in kind by unleashing murderous terror weapons against the populations that support the terrorists. Restraint might not last forever. In the past the US took off the gloves. Remember Hamburg, Nagasaki, Hiroshima. Even "Holy Suicide" must expect to produce a genetic profit.
What does the Crystal Ball show?
The dice are in play. America and it's allies are committed to finding terrorists. Dead or alive, and if dead, they will want samples for genotyping. And they believe that Bin Laden is involved.
Looking at the battlefields:
In Australia the politicians are facing off. Incumbent Johnny Howard, (without the slightest amount of embarrassment) has completely stolen the political theme of Pauline Hanson, the person he castigated in the cruelest racist terms not three years past.
But then, honesty was never JH's strong point.
SPIN suggested that JH should repeal the GST & make peace with Pauline Hanson. JH has attenuated the GST, but SPIN was not such a cynic as to suggest the thematic hijack that JH engineered.
Opposition leader Kim Beazley has seen an apparently unbeatable lead in January 2001 vanish into the fog of JH's racist attacks on boat people. The events on September 11 appeared to seal the position. If KB would back down on "sorry" he would be a ringer.
There are some weeks before the election.
If PH offers repeal of GST, SPIN believes she would win enough seats to
hold the balance of power. The Democrats lose votes every time past
leader Cheryl and present leader Natasha open their gobs. The Greens
are fading into pastel.