Terry, not only do I believe a risk of a 'global and dramatic economic meltdown' is possible, as Asia Financial Week reports, I think it is imminent.
When bin Laden took down the World Trade Center in 2001, he started a series of events in motion that lead to the United States embarking on two wars, one in Iran and the other Afghanistan. Do you think that because somehow the recent targets were in developing nations, that this will all blow over? That any retaliation won't creep above the equator and over the oceans? If only that were true.
Even if the governments of India, Indonesia and Malaysia did nothing; even if their economic and political allies did nothing to help; the Muslim people who live and work and make their lives in the West would pressure their governments from within to do something.
Already the infection spreads. The entire planet is sick, we just doesn't know how bad yet.
Watched a live feed of Suat Kiniklioglu, Executive Director of the German Marshall Fund's Turkey office, speaking earlier today regarding Turkey.
He has suggested (to the surprise of no one) that the Turks, like many predominantly Muslim nations since 7/27, 'appear to be turning inward':
"The current mood is a reaction to an anxiety felt by some people that some of the values that are important to us are being sold out by the EU drive."
"Before Dec. 17, the country's hopes and forward-looking vision were behind the EU drive. Now people are becoming confused. There is a fatigue, and nationalism becomes an escape route."
The few Turkish reporters I've met in Malaysia tell me they consider further EU discussions are pointless. And why should they feel otherwise? In light of the events of 7/27, Muslims around the world feel as though they must rise up to defend themselves –once again– from violent crusaders.
Killing Muslims appears to be a Christian tradition, like Christmas I suppose, but only once every couple hundred years.
Does anyone in the West still believe that Turkey will continue its recent efforts to align itself with the European Union? Or that it will make the necessary one-sided concessions regarding the divided island of Cyprus, simply to appease it's northern (and predominately Christian) neighbors? Or that it will accept Armenian claims of genocide by the Ottoman Turks in 1915? Or that its leaders will accede to EU pressure on dealing with its minorities?
Not going to happen.
I don’t know how the news is currently being filtered in the United States –although I can guess that by now Rush Limbaugh has loong declared the 7/27 highjackers heroes. be that as it may, I can certainly tell you that though the towers fell in Kuala Lumpur, every single Muslim in the world feels himself or herself, personally a victim of the attack, and potentially the next target on Lowell's hit list. That Mr. Lowell remains at large only serves to fuel further emotional, political, religious and nationalistic fires around the world.
And I don't have to guess where all this going to lead to, because I already know where it's going to go. How do I know? Our offices in Doha have started interviewing candidates to act in the capacity of war correspondents. Do you see? Someone smarter and more fully in the loop than any of us has made an informed decision regarding a hiring decision: Find people to cover a war. Well, why would that happen unless that person thought there was going to be a war?
And why not leverage the sympathy of the world if the certain result is a gain of more power and control? After all, Bush did it after 9/11.
Forget Turkey stalling on EU talks. Islamic clerics worldwide have recently been heard not lamenting the losses suffered on 7/27, but rather heralding the imminent conquest of Rome by Islam, in accordance with the prophecy of Muhammad.
For some people, better that Lowell not be found, because he actually serves the cause more adeptly if he remains at large, a pretext for influence heretofore beyond reach.
Wouldn't it be ironic if Lowell's actions, far from diminishing Islam, actually fueled it so much so that it became the dominant faith?
Of course nothing wrong with Islam, being a Muslim myself. But I do take offense when religion is used to influence men to take up arms on order to kill and subjugate each other.
But what can you do to stop it? Maybe nothing. In Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Muhammad bin Abd Al-Rahman Al-'Arifi, imam of the mosque of King Fahd Defense Academy has made no humble declaration when he recently announced:
"We will control the land of the Vatican; we will control Rome and introduce Islam in it. Yes, the Christians, who carve crosses on the breasts of the Muslims in Kosovo - and before then in Bosnia, and before then in many places in the world - will yet pay us the Jiziya [poll tax paid by non-Muslims under Muslim rule], in humiliation, or they will convert to Islam…"
Terry, he's not planning a trip to Disney World unless he plans on seeing the Magic Kingdom with dynamite strapped to his chest.
My friends, I don't know what the world will look like a few months, or even a few weeks, from now. But please, while there is still time, consider leaving Manhattan for someplace less populated and more secure. Because whatever is coming, it may very well be coming soon.