- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 1, 2006

From Letters to the Editor, The Washington Post, Oct. 27, 2000:

In his Oct. 15 op-ed column regarding the attack on the USS Cole, John Lehman has got it wrong: This was terrorism, not an act of war… Why does this make a difference to our discussion of these brutal acts? Because the attack on the Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983, the attack on the Khobar Towers complex in Saudi Arabia in 1996, the murders of U.S. Marines in El Salvador, the murder of Col. James Rowe in the Philippines, the other attacks against military personnel working abroad (and now against the Cole) were the work of criminals. Just as it is wrong to glorify criminals by demonizing them, so it is wrong to glorify terrorists by treating them like warriors…

Michael A. Sheehan

Coordinator for Counterterrorism

U.S. Department of State

Washington

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