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Will U.S. Military Intervention in Afghanistan Prevent Future Acts of Terrorism?

David Gibbs is professor of political science at the University of Arizona. Between The Lines' Denise Manzari spoke with professor Gibbs, who questions claims that U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan will prevent future acts of terrorism.
Will U.S. Military Intervention in Afghanistan Prevent Future Acts of Terrorism?

Interview by Between the Lines' Denise Manzari.

In reaction to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, President Bush declared an American war against terrorism. On Oct. 7, the U.S. launched a bombing campaign in Afghanistan and is now massing ground troops to set up a land base near Kandahar, the last stronghold of the Taliban.

Working with the Northern Alliance, the U.S. search for Osama bin Laden continues, with claims that his capture and the dismantling of the Al Qaeda network would greatly reduce the terrorist threat against the U.S.

But some observers believe that if bin LAden were captured, it would be relatively easy to reconstruct his terrorist organization. The main requirement, demonstrated in the last few months, is the willingness to die for their cause.

To underscore the resolve of some Islamic extremist fighters, loyalists to Osama bin Laden staged an uprising against their captors in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif Nov. 25 and hundreds of soliders were killed by the Northern Alliance and U.S. forces who assisted in quelling the rebellion.

While political leaders and the media applaud the results of the U.S. military assault on Afghanistan, many Americans are asking if this will make America more secure. David Gibbs is professor of political science at the University of Arizona. Between The Lines' Denise Manzari spoke with professor Gibbs, who questions claims that U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan will prevent future acts of terrorism(A RealAudioVersion of this interview may be found At www.btlonline.org).

For more information, visit David Gibb's Web site at www.gened.arizona.edu/dgibbs

Related links:

* "US: Choose allies carefully," by David Gibbs, Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 25, 2001
* "U.S. Targets Three More Countries," by James Clark, Nick Fielding and Tony Allen-Mills, London Sunday Times, Nov. 25, 2001
* "Afghanistan: Poor Rights Record of Opposition Commanders," Human Rights Watch, www.hrw.org, Oct. 6, 2001

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