Letter: Roots of terrorby Charles PatakNews Weekly
, December 15, 2001
Readers of Michael Scammell’s article "Exposing the anti-American Left" (and for that matter of other News Weekly
articles dealing with the September 11 terrorism) may gain an impression that opposition to US military action in Afghanistan is limited to the political Left.
This would be, however, an erroneous impression, because there are many opponents to American intervention who cannot be classified as leftists, for example, paleoconservatives such as Patrick Buchanan.
These people know that the roots of anti-American terrorism can be traced to American foreign policy in the Middle East and therefore any long-lasting solution has to come from changes in this policy.
Paleoconservatives also understand that American imperialism is an integral part of globalisation, which for the American ruling élites equates with Pax Americana
Pity that more News Weekly
contributors do not share this understanding.Charles Patak,
Upper Ferntree Gully, Vic