- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Prepare for long war

India's national security adviser is warning the Bush administration to prepare for a long war against terrorism and scrutinize the motives of some countries that claim to be U.S. allies in the new crusade.

Brajesh Mishra, also principal secretary to Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, said he came to Washington to express India's strong support and to share his country's experience with militant assaults.

"I came to discuss the thinking for immediate action and long-term action and to explain how we feel as victims of terrorism for two decades," he told guests at a dinner Monday at the residence of Indian Ambassador Lalit Mansingh.

"We feel your pain, not only here but here," he said, as he touched his heart and his head.

Mr. Mishra warned against any "precipitous action" against those responsible for the attacks on Sept. 11.

"Any precipitous action is not going to secure the ultimate objective of rooting out terrorism this evil in the world," he said.

"Be prepared for a long haul. Plan carefully. Look closely at the motives of those who are supporting you so the ultimate objective is achieved."

The Bush administration is seeking the support of rogue nations like Iran and Syria, which are on the State Department's list of nations that support terrorism.

Mr. Mishra noted that the terrorists who hijacked the doomed airliners "trained for months, if not years."

"No doubt there are still people in this country prepared to take further action," he said.

The ambassador, Mr. Mansingh, added that India's message to the United States is one of "sympathy and full support with no strings attached."

"The mission you are carrying out is important for the rest of the world," he said.


Back to normal?

Howard Baker, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, showed that terrorists will not get him down by playing a round of golf outside Tokyo over the weekend.

Mr. Baker travelled by car to a U.S. Army base in Zama, about 25 miles southwest of the Japanese capital, for golf "with several partners," according to Japanese press reports.

The Jiji Press news agency quoted a police official who said a police guard accompanied him on the outing.


British sympathy

The U.S. Embassy in London closed its condolences book on Sunday, after receiving expressions of sympathy from more than 34,000 people.

U.S. Ambassador William Farish said he was "deeply touched by the magnificent" response from the British public.


Greek commitment

Greece has opened its airspace and is providing landing rights for U.S. military aircraft preparing for a strike against terrorism, the Greek Embassy said yesterday.

"It is self-evident that Greece will authorize the use of resources that will contribute to the success of the task at hand the fight against international terrorism," the embassy said in a statement.

The embassy quoted Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas as saying that "Greece will honor its obligations as a member of NATO and the European Union because this is dictated by the national interests of the country and the defense of justice, freedom and human rights."


Colombian terrorism

The United States is not just looking at Osama bin Laden in its efforts to choke off the funding for terrorism.

Anne Patterson, the U.S. ambassador to Colombia, says the United States has been examining the financing of Marxist rebel groups in the warn-torn South American country.

"We are studying all the options, not only those directed against the terrorist group of Osama bin Laden but also against other groups," Mrs. Patterson told reporters Monday.

"It's one of the options in our fight against terrorists."

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the National Liberation Army are on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations.

"Colombia has a lot of experience with terrorism and is assisting us as much as possible," Mrs. Patterson said.

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