December 15th 2001

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Editorial: The Advent of Christmas

TESTIMONIAL: News Weekly - a variety of ideas and points of view

Canberra Observed: After the election: new look for both sides

BIOETHICS: There is no scientific need to clone embryos

Adult stem cell breakthrough

National Day of Action over banks' job cuts

Straws in the Wind: Insiders, celebrities and Tic-Tac men

Western Australia: Gallop's drug 'compromise'

Media: Parliamentary press gallery poll predictions

Letter: Roots of terror

Letter: History repeats?

Letter: Reinvention

Letter: Patrol boats

Letter: Doing what's right - Mary Whitehouse CBE

United States: Torture, assassination and the Death of God

Comment: Economic policy: how they got it wrong

TRADE: After Qatar: Australia’s limited options

BOOKS: 'Gallipoli', by Les Carlyon

BOOKS: 'Language and the Internet', by David Crystal

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Letter: Roots of terror

by Charles Patak

News 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

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