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U.S. Anti-Terrorism War Will Be Long

Posted September. 27, 2001 09:13,   


The U.S. political leaders including President George W. Bush insisted on Sept. 25 that the current `Anti-Terrorism War` be different from any other wars in the past by its nature.

President Bush had a breakfast meeting with leaders of the Congress including House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle and said that the nature of the anti-terrorism war would be different from that of wars in the past such as the Golf-War, which attained victory in a short period of time.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said at a news conference, ``It is by its very nature something that cannot be dealt with by some sort of massive attack or invasion.`` and went on to say ``the U.S. is preparing for a difficult and difficult anti-terrorism campaign instead of preparing for massive attack.``

Defense Secretary Rumsfeld stated that there would not be a D-Day, as such in the case of Normandy Invasion in France, and there would not be a signing of surrender papers aboard the USS Missouri, as such after the defeat of Japan during World War II.

Secretary Rumsfeld approved the same day the order that could keep 140 million U.S. soldiers from retiring or transferring to the reserve list.

On the same day in Kabul, the Afghan capital, thousands of people participated in the largest anti-U.S. protest since the terrorist attack on the U.S.

Protestors marched to the central square in Kabul, shouting ``Destruction to America`` and ``Death to Bush``.

Meanwhile, New York Times reported the same day that Osama bin Laden`s terrorist group had planned to assassinate President Bush and other world leaders at July’s eight summit of world leaders (G7 plus Russia) held in Genoa, Italy.

Washington Times reported on Sept. 26, citing a U.S. intelligence service official, that Osama bin Laden had operated a secret institution for nuclear weapon experiment.

Han Ki-Heung eligius@donga.com