It is in the nature of a quarterly that while it is impossible to
analyze crucial developments immediately it is equally out of the
question to ignore them completely. Thus we feel the need to
address, if only in brief, the impact of recent events as they
affect our lives and the geo-politics of the region today.
On September 11, 2001 a group of extremist commandos, apparently
affiliated with Ossama Bin Laden, hijacked four civilian American
planes and used them to destroy the Twin Towers in New York and
part of the Pentagon in Washington, killing thousands of innocent
people in the process. This heinous attack induced President Bush
to proclaim all-out war against terrorism, starting with the
massive bombing of Taliban forces in Afghanistan, with the aim of
flushing out, and eventually capturing or killing, Bin Laden and
Meanwhile, the hardening of the armed confrontation between
Israelis and Palestinians is making a mockery of successive
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