Europe supports US global coalition against terrorists

Europe fears it may itself become a target of terrorist attacks. According to Belgium’s Prime Minister, Guy Verhofstadt, a terrorist network, connected with Osama Bin Laden, has been established across the EU for the past ten years.

Anti-terrorism experts now fear even worse terrorist attacks,
using biological and chemical warfare. US authorities suspect that
further attacks against civilian targets may have been planned
accross the US, such as putting poisonous chemicals into water
supply or spreading deadly viruses.

Europe is also bracing itself for possible
terrorist attacks. The British Defence Minister, Geoff Hoon, has
warned that the Europe needs to be vigilant against the possibility
of a biological attack. According to media reports, the US
authorities have warned Europe to put experts in infectious
diseases on alert.

The US is awaiting the decision of the Taleban
Islamic regime, which has seized most of Afganistan, whether to
hand over the prime suspect for the September 11 terrorist attacks,
Saudi-born Osama bin Laden. However, it is believed that Osama bin
Laden could not have acted in isolation, and must have had support,
possibly of the Taleban mudjahedin who have been sheltering him for
years.

 

While
NATO nations have shown a united front against
terrorism, the US is striving to put together a global coalition
against terror. A day after the attack, NATO invoked the principle
of collective defense - Article 5 of the Washington Treaty - which
says that an attack on one is an attack on all.

European Union leaders will determine their role
in retaliation against the terrorist attacks on America at an
emergency summit on 21 September.

However, while European politicians seem to be
in favour of a rather cautious approach, fearing a clash between
the Western civilisation and Islam,
Europeans overwhelmingly support a determined
mililtary response to terrorists. According to a Taylor Nelson
Sofres and Gallup opionion poll conducted in the five biggest EU
Member States, the US, Israel and Pakistan, Europeans favour
careful response against military targets. Americans support a more
determined military campaign, and Israelis displayed by far the
strongest support for military action. In Pakistan, however, 62
percent of people are against co-operation with Americans. 79
percent of the British and 73 percent of the French want their
countries to participate in American military operations against
terrorists.

The polls, conducted in the five biggest EU
Member States, the US, Israel and Pakistan, show that European
favour careful response against military targets, while Americans
support a more determined military campaign. Israelis displayed by
far the strongest support for military action. In Pakistan,
however, 62 percent of people are against co-operation with
Americans.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has pledged to
assist Washington in countering terrorism. He sent the head of the
Russian Security Council, Vladimir Rushailo, to Central Asia to
discuss co-operation of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in
the anti-terrorist campaign.

Both
Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, which border
Afghanistan, have expressed t heir willingnes to support the US if
asked.

China indicated its willingness to condone an
anti-terrorism campaign on condition that it is approved by the UN
Security Council. The Security Council approval would bring
together the US, China and Russia in a joint response to
terrorism.

Pakistan, which borders Afganistan and has
recognised the Taleban regime, has agreed to allow US military
overflights of its territory if necessary.

 

European leaders will discuss their contribution to the
global campaign against terrorism at an extraordinary summit,
organised by the Belgian EU Presidency this Friday, 21 September,
in Brussels. All European nations have strongly condemned the
terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, and several have
promised unconditional support to the US in the fight against
international terrorism.

On Thursday 20 September, there will be a
special Council of EU ministers of justice and the interior. One of
the expected new measures is a fast-track adoption of a European
arrest warrant, following a wave of arrests of suspected Islamic
terrorists accross Europe in the aftermath of the US atrocities.
All EU governments are united in their determination to rapidly
implement stringent anti-terrorist measures.

 

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