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AMERICA IN CRISIS The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 12, 2001
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Republicans call for total retaliation, justice


The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Branding the attacks on
the World Trade Center and Pentagon yesterday
as acts of war, leading Republicans clled on the
Bush administration to target foreign govern-
ments that lend rhetorical and tangible aid to ter-
rorist organizations.
"We can find out who these people are and
then we need to be relentless," said former Presi-
dent Ronald Reagan's secretary of state George
Shultz. "You can't mount a systematic attack like
this unless you have a place to plan and train.
That means a geographic space. So states that

harbor terrorists, look out."
Secretary of State Colin Powell, who cut short
a visit to South America yesterday, said in Lima,
Peru, "You can be sure that America will deal
with this tragedy in a way that brings those
responsible to justice."
"I believe this will now be the catalyst that
causes a significant change in our policy toward
terrorism and that change should be to hold
responsible governments that support terrorism,"
said Richard Perle, a Reagan Pentagon official
and currently chairman of the Defense Policy
Board that advises Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld. "It's been our policy to hold individ-

ual terrorists accountable rather than the govern-
ments who support them and that policy has
But fighting this sort of war will be infinitely
more complicated and more lonely than other
wars fought by the United States, with elusive
targets, ambiguous measures of success and
potential civilian casualties abroad as well as at
home. Unlike the Pearl Harbor attack, the
enemy is hard to identify and locate. Even
bringing a government terrorism sponsor to its
knees- and there are many alleged govern-
ment sponsors to choose from - might not end
the threat.

"You can be sure that America will deal with this tragedy
in a way that brings those responsible to justice."
- Colin Powell
U.S. Secretary of State

"In effect, the country's at war, but we don't
have the coordinates of the enemy - yet," said
Leon Fuerth, who was national security adviser
to former Vice President Al Gore.
If the culprits for the attack turn out to be
linked to Osama bin Laden, the Saudi business-

man accused of plotting terrorism against the
United States from bases in Afghanistan, the war
could pit the United States against much of the
Arab world, put moderate Arab allies like Egypt
and Jordan in tenuous positions, place Israel at
greater risk and imperil vital oil supplies.

LONDON (AP) - Governments around the world
offered condolences to an America that looked more
vulnerable than ever after yesterday's terror attacks,
but thousands of Palestinians celebrated in the West
Bank and in Lebanese refugee camps.
People on every continent watched in horror as
astonishing images of terror in the United States filled
their television screens. But in the West Bank town of
Nablus, Palestinians cheered and distributed candy to
passers-by, and Iraqi television played a patriotic song
that began "Down with America!" as it showed the
World Trade Center towers collapsing.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat offered his sympa-
thy to Americans and said he was horrified by the dev-
astating attacks, which also hit the Pentagon,.
Leaders around the world - including most in the
Middle East - offered messages of support.
Afghanistan's Taliban rulers condemned the attacks
and rejected suggestions that suspected terrorist mas-
termind Osama bin Laden, who has been given asy-
lum in Afghanistan, could be behind them.
"It is premature to level allegations against a person
who is not in a position to carry out such attacks," said
Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Taliban ambassador in Pak-

Palestinians in the West Bank celebrate in the streets after learning of the terrorism in the U.S. yesterday.

A state police canine unit patrols Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks,
Conn., yesterday after all planes in the U.S. were grounded.
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istan. "It was a well-organized plan and Osama has no
such facilities."
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, one
of three countries that recognize the Taliban's gov-
ernment, condemned the attacks and called for coop-
eration to combat the "modern-day evil" of
Key indexes sank on world stock markets and many
European and Asian airlines canceled flights to the
United States and recalled planes already in the air.
Britain and Belgium banned commercial flights
over their capitals, and Britain warned its citizens trav-
eling in the United States to beware of possible further
attacks. Israel closed its airspace to foreign flights and
evacuated staff from diplomatic missions and Jewish
institutions around the world.
In the West Bank town of Nablus, about 3,000 peo-
ple poured into the streets shortly after the attacks
began, chanting "God is Great" and handing out
candy in a traditional gesture of celebration.
There were no reports of celebrations elsewhere in

the West Bank and Gaza.
Sheik Ahmed Yassin, whose Islamic militant
Hamas group has carried out a series of suicide bomb-
ings in Israel, said he was not interested in exporting
such attacks to the United States.
"We are not ready to move our struggle outside the
occupied Palestinian land: We are not prepared to
open international fronts, however much we criticize
the unfair American position," Yassin told reporters in
Gaza City.
In Ein el-Hilweh, Lebanon's largest refugee camp,
where about 75,000 Palestinians live, revelers fired
weapons in the air, witnesses said. Similar celebratory
gunfire was heard at the Rashidiyeh camp near the
southern city of Tyre.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, whom the Unit-
ed States has accused of backing international terror-
ism, called the attacks "horrifying" and urged Muslim
aid groups to offer help "regardless of political con-
siderations or differences between America and the
peoples of the world."

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F-16s patrolled the skies over Wash-
ington, Navy warships were sent to
Manhattan and military commanders
ordered forces on highest alert after
yesterday's terrorist attacks.
President Bush, in an Oval Office
address, vowed to find those responsi-
At a Pentagon briefing earlier, Joint
Chiefs Chairman Henry H. Shelton
said, "I have no intention of dis-
cussing what comes next. But make'
no mistake about it, your armed
forces are ready."
Some 10 hours before that briefing,
a Boeing 757 plowed into the Penta-
gon, after two hijacked airliners had
struck the towers of New York's
World Trade Center.
But what would happen next -
including potential retaliatory strikes
- wasn't exactly clear.
President Bush put U.S. forces
around the globe on the highest possi-
ble alert, "Threatcon Delta."
Defense Secretary Donald H.
Rumsfeld denied that U.S. forces
were responsible for the explosions
heard yesterday night near Kabul, the
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awards ceremonies were indefinitely
postponed, amusement parks closed and
Hollywood studios locked their gates as
yesterday's terrorist attacks darkened a
stunned entertainment industry.
All Broadway shows were canceled
in New York and box offices at the the-
aters were closed indefinitely, said Jed
Bernstein, president of the League of
American Theaters and Producers.
Walt Disney World in Florida and
Disneyland and Universal Studios in
Southern California were shut down,
while most resort hotels - many shel-
tering those stranded by the nationwide
airline shutdown - remained open.
In Southern California, major movie

capital of Afghanistan. "In no way is
the U.S. government connected," he
said at the Pentagon briefing.
A senior defense official said the
aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, which
was due to come home from the Per-
sian Gulf, was ordered to remain in
the area indefinitely. A second carrier,
the USS Carl Vinson, remains in the
area as well, the official said.
Officials at military sites across the
country reported that only essential
military personnel would be permit-
ted on their bases. All unnecessary
military flights were canceled, and the
North American Aerospace Defense
Command took steps to protect the
military's computer systems from
hackers, a spokesman said.
NORAD - which also defends
U.S. airspace from foreign invasion
- was also on its highest alert.
Around the country, fighters, airborne
radars and refueling took the skies,
officials said.
NORAD controllers did track one
of the hijacked planes, but it crashed
into the World Trade Center even as
fighters were scrambling, said Col.
Mike Perini, NORAD spokesman.

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