From the Asia Pacific wire–
"...the ‘war against evil’ will soon move beyond Cyprus..."
And neither Bush nor Blair seem too happy about it.
WAR ON EVIL TO MOVE BEYOND CYPRUS
Notwithstanding the failed mission in Cyprus on August 27th, representatives of a motley alliance of Southeast Asian neighbor states and oil producing nations –now commonly described as the ‘Pan Moslem Coalition’– declared yesterday that the ‘war against evil’ will soon move beyond Cyprus.
Needless to say, Washington’s offer to try Oliver Benjamin Lowell in an international court was summarily rejected by the Muslim states.
The Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi clarified PMC intentions by reiterating the need to expand the effort beyond the individuals directly responsible for the events of 7/27, but also to destroy those centers where “terror is born.”
Academics interpret that to mean a possible strike against one or more of the notorious ‘survivalist’ training camps that dot both the Americas and the UK.
That is, if they can get at them.
Neither the Americans nor the British are likely to allow any foreign power to ride rough shot through their own backyards. Especially now that some suspect the Muslim group Jemaah Islamiah a growing influence in the South East Asian region.
The Indonesian Government has in the past distanced itself from the group, which is linked to Al-Qaeda. But in light of the events of 7/27, its leadership is thought to be acting in an informal, but highly regarded and discreet advisorial capacity to those in Indonesia's political community.
In the meantime, Indian President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam indicated that progress was being made in the financial sector: "Terrorist assets from the Mediterranean to the North Atlantic are being frozen, just as soon as we identify them."
Nevertheless, despite a recent UN resolution supporting the Coalition effort, American President, George W. Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, are warning Muslim leaders against using aggressive tactics to gain control and de-stabilize western powers.
©2006 Asian Pacific Press