U.S. Is Forever Changed
Kavi Banthai, Nation Sudsapda Weekly (leftist),
Bangkok, Sept. 17-23, 2001.
aftermath will be difficult to determine as it will affect not only
Americans and America alone. For the Americans, [the attacks] shook
their faith in their invincible military and economic might. From
now on, security measures will be tighter: no more 10-minute check-in
before departure time at the airport.
But beyond the everyday life security measures, what role and what
status will the United States emerge with on the world stage after
the fire? The presidents decision to hunt down the terrorists
responsible for the attacks may bode ill for U.S. citizens living
in the country and overseas. This group of terrorists is not an
ordinary one. Its network, which spans the globe, is ready to make
suicide attacks at any moment.
now on, the U.S. government must review its foreign policy toward
the Middle East, particularly toward Israel, which has caused so
much anger among Arabs. Otherwise, Americans life overseas
will have no guarantee of safety.
after the U.S. retaliates, as promised by President George W. Bush,
that does not mean an end or a decrease in terrorism. It might,
on the contrary, spark a new form of more sophisticated terrorism.
The problem goes beyond the American territory and American people.
U.S. allies also may be targeted, in the same manner that the United
States targets the suspects as well as the countries who helped
or harbored them.
United States is shaken. But the issue is whether the incident could
cause this superpower to change or review its behavior and policy.
When a nation, no matter which one, is swept up by a wave of patriotism,
it is hard not to yield to it.