Monday, March 11, 2002

NO PLACE TO RUN, NO PLACE TO HIDE: Reporters may not get it, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that most Americans do. The most remarkable finding is that Americans don't see killing Osama bin Laden as the war's primary objective and measure of success. This is healthy for two reasons. First, we may never kill him or confirm it if we do. Second, and more important, it shows that Americans understand that the enemy is not a single James Bond mega-villain, but a network weaving together state intelligence and military organs, religious and political movements, and terrorist organizations. Killing individual Al Qaeda soldiers, even generals like bin Laden, won't win the war. Hunting terrorists so that they cannot rest, regroup and organize and starving them of the weapons and intelligence and depriving them of the havens that only states can provide, will. That was President Bush's message today:
"Every terrorist must be made to live as an international fugitive, with no place to settle or organize, no place to hide, no governments to hide behind, and not even a safe place to sleep."
The best news is, most Americans already understand.

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