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Unheard of only a few decades ago, suicide bombings have rapidly evolved into perhaps the most common method of terrorism in the world, moving west from the civil war in Sri Lanka in the 1980s to the Palestinian intifada of recent years to Iraq today. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, suicide attacks in the United States, suicide bombers have struck from Indonesia to India, from Russia to Morocco.Suicide Bombs Potent Tools of Terrorists
Now governments throughout the West -- including the United States -- are bracing to cope with similar challenges in the wake of the deadly July 7 subway bombings in London, which marked the first time that suicide bombers had successfully mounted an attack in Western Europe.
The pace of such attacks is quickening. According to data compiled by the Rand Corp., about three-quarters of all suicide bombings have occurred since the Sept. 11 attacks.
Anyone who has watched the television series Fawlty Towers will remember how Basil tied himself in knots when German guests visited his dysfunctional hotel. Since that episode was aired, the phrase "Don't mention the war" has become synonymous with the expedient of ignoring reality and avoiding embarrassment.Letter from London: 'Don't mention the war'
So it was when bombs tore at the throat of London earlier this month. The two words that were on everyone's lips – "Islamic" and "terrorists" – were excised from the public discourse as effectively as Stalin airbrushed fallen comrades from group photographs. In the case of the London attacks, it would have been funny were the loss of more than 50 lives not so tragic.
Former US President Bill Clinton, the pioneer of the Dayton Agreement that ended the war in Bosnia describes Europe's role in the massacres that took place in Bosnia in his latest memoirs.
Clinton particularly criticizes Francois Mitterrand, the French President at that time, in his book named "My Life." Clinton reveals the French President sympathy for the Serbs when he said he did not want a Bosnia under the rule of Muslims during one of the first meeting. Describing the Bosnian massacre as "the biggest collective security failure of the West since 1930's" Clinton observes that one of the important reasons for the genocide in Bosnia is that some European leaders did not want to see a Muslim country in the Balkans. He also emphasizes that some European countries did not want a Muslim country in the heart of Balkans in case it may produce Islamist terror but ignoring the events in Bosnia produced the result they were aiming to avoid.
It’s hard not to be a cynic nowadays, but every now and then an event comes along which shocks even the most hardened political observer. The unedifying spectacle of our Prime Minister heaping praise on a military dictator for his love of democracy was just such an event. At an official lunch in honour of Pakistani president General Musharraf, John Howard paid tribute to the General in glowing terms, painting a picture of a man with an almost Jeffersonian commitment to democracy.
“And I salute somebody, in President Musharraf, who has led a transition of his country to a democratic state," he said to polite applause.
Now stretching the truth to praise a visiting head of state may be the diplomatic thing to do, but declaring that black is actually a shade of white and that the sun sets in the East is another matter. General Musharraf took over government of Pakistan in a military coup, dismissed the elected government and sent political opponents into exile. The hapless citizens of Pakistan haven’t seen an election since, nor a parliament worth the name, while the Pakistan Army has taken a strangehold over the country’s economy and political life.
Mr Howard’s statement wasn’t just diplomatic doublespeak, it was an outright lie. Pakistan hasn’t had a “transition to democracy", it has had the exact opposite. It is true that the good General is an ally in the “War on Terror", and the Pakistan Army has indeed made a valuable contribution by reining in the Islamic terror groups ever since its Damascus conversion at the point of an American gun.
But surely the Prime Minster could have made some more realistic comments, maybe even a statement of Australia’s support for democracy and opposition to military rule" Instead, he told a timid and cowardly lie.
TheVerandah.Net: : Democracy Double-Talk