Samir Ragab, Al-Gumhuriya (government-owned), Cairo, Sept.
yesterday suffered their worst nightmare. No one could have imagined
that the symbols of American pride would be attacked by aircraft
coming undetected from all points on the compass and without warning
from Americas renowned intelligence agencies. Worse, state-of-the-art
communications failed to report the exact number of casualties.
Mayhem prevailed in America, as if the worlds only superpower
was like a tiny republic in the throes of a domestic power struggle.
successive blows paralyzed American security agencies, which were
too busy evacuating their office buildings, thereby creating an
atmosphere rife with rumor about unidentified planes and the identities
of those who hijacked them toward specified targets without meeting
resistance. President Bush could give no concrete information in
his statement to the nation after the first attack on the World
Trade Center, followed by the attack on the Pentagon, the first
government building Bush visited after he came into office.
world community is undoubtedly shocked and stunned by yesterdays
horrors in America. It is abundantly clear that terrorists can strike
at remote targets, and that terrorist masterminds are ready to use
extreme methods to serve their purposes.
tragedy of yesterday should surely prompt an international conference
to combat terrorism.
It is the duty of us all to cooperate and fight this terrifying
phenomenon that threatens the safety of everyone, young and old.
The innocent victims of yesterdays attacks should motivate
Americans and non-Americans alike to re-evaluate the situation and
work out a new framework for the interconnection of peoples worldwide.