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Dealing with the War of the Future

THE American missile attacks on Thursday against targets in Afghanistan and Sudan allegedly linked to the terrorist organisation of Osama bin Laden constituted one more instance of the US taking law into its own hands with scant regard for the sovereignty and rights of other countries, The Clinton administration has claimed that bin Laden's organisation was responsible for the heinous truck bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania earlier this month which had killed 257 persons' including 12 American nationals, and that more such outrages against the US had been planned, indeed were imminent, and the missile attacks were meant to stop them. Most ominously, it has been repeatedly asserted by US official spokespersons that Thursday's attacks were just the beginning of along war against international terrorism. While president Clinton has declared that"our efforts against terrorism cannot and will not end with this strike'', secretary of state Madeleine Albright has described this as "the war of the future".

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