to fighting Osama Bin Laden's Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein in a winless war against terrorism.

In February 1998, Osama Bin Laden declared an unholy Jihad (holy war) to kill Americans and their allies anywhere in the world. His protectors, Afghanistan's Taliban, have threatened an unholy war against the United States and any other country who enters their country to get Bin Laden.

Links between Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein dating back to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing are now being established. Osama Bin Laden is a fanatic Muslim. Saddam Hussein is Iraq's godless Hitler and the only things keeping them both on the trail of taking over Arabic nations in the pursuit of destroying America are the presence of oil and the United States in the Middle East.

Osama Bin Laden's hate for America developed when his homeland of Saudi Arabia permitted the U.S. military to prosecute the war against Irag from Saudi soil. Bin Laden's export of terrorism against the United States at the World Trade Center in 1993, our military in Saudi Arabia, American embassies in Africa, the USS Cole in Yemen and the horrific attack on America in New York and Washington were designed to get the United States out of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

Saddam Hussein suspended his agnostic attitude toward Islam for the purpose of accomplishing the same thing as Osama Bin Laden. Hussein undoubtedly assisted Bin Laden in the hateful acts of terrorism against America and, because he is seething for revenge over his defeat in the 1991 Gulf War, he undoubtedly plans to do much worse.

Clearly, the attack on America was designed to provoke the United States to counter attack Muslim countries hosting terrorists, which would in turn provoke millions of the world's billion Muslims to join Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein's unholy war against America. From the Mideast viewpoint, the long distance surgical bombing of Irag, Afghanistan and Sudan were no less cowardly than the attacks on America.

It is likely that Osama Bin Laden plans inflame his followers to topple King Fahd and the Saudi royal family so that he can return triumphantly to his country as its religious leader and dictator, just as Islamic fundamentalist Ayatollah Khomeini did, while exiled in France, to overthrow the Shah of Iran, which resulted in the American Embassy hostage crisis of 1979 and marked the beginning of extremist terrorism against the West.

Terrorism is difficult to defend against. Terrorism by religious suicide is the most difficult to prevent. Now that the worst kind of terrorism is being exacted against America, as the people of Israel can attest, the terrorists are accomplishing their mission: To create fear, confusion, economic stress and a fundamental change in our way of life.

The response of the United States will probably be surgical air strikes and selective commando type raids to get Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan. If Bin Laden sneaks out of Afghanistan, there will be more strikes and raids in attempts to get him. And there will probably be long term strikes on known terrorist cells, camps and training grounds in other terrorist host countries that harbor them.

But America's 13 organized terrorist enemies have bases in 39 countries including Canada, the United States and South America. Most are located in the Middle East, Northeast Africa and South Asia. If terrorist attacks and counterattacks escalate, the furor and numbers of extremists will grow, which could result in a chemical, biological and/or nuclear attacks using small containers and suitcases carried by suicide terrorists.

Eliminating Osama Bin Laden, terrorist cells and Al-Qaeda camps will be difficult at best. Indeed, assistance from Pakistan's military leaders may be only temporary. There are many radical Islamic schools that are more like militant Muslim Jihad factories than religious seminaries (madrasas). Pakistan has at least 1 million students in about 10,000 schools. One of the largest, the Haqqania madrasa, which enrolls more than 2800 students, graduated more leaders of the Taliban than any other school in the world.*

Clearly, it would seem that the United States and American allies' only alternative to the proliferation of world terrorism would be to withdraw from the Middle East and the addiction to the bloody oil that has been the root of all terrorism against Americans.

Daniel B. Jeffs, founder
The Direct Democracy Center

*Details about what is going on inside a Muslim religious seminary are documented in the following article:

Inside Jihad University:
The Education of a Holy Warrior
by Jeffrey Goldberg
New York Times Magazine
June 25, 2000