*LBN-COMMENTARY by Mortimer Zuckerman, Editor-In-Chief U.S. News & World Report:
The grotesque cruelties of the radical Islamists leave no doubt about the enemy we're up against. News of their horrific abductions and beheadings fly around the globe on the Internet and satellite TV-technologies, in their twisted minds, invented by the infidel-but the perpetrators of the outrages are throwbacks to the Dark Ages. The masked cowards pose with their helpless captives while presenting demands they know cannot, and will not, be met. Their purpose is manipulation: to increase the pain of the victim's family and friends; to force western governments to moderate their opposition to the terrorist networks; to panic foreigners into leaving Muslim lands. As for the Muslim world, which has bred this plague, it will have to decide who is the enemy, these savage hijackers of their religion or the West. Muslim regimes in the Middle East want to have it both ways, the indulgence of deriding the West while tolerating the evil in their midst. It is outrageous that the madrasahs in Pakistan and other Muslim schools continue to preach hate and that Saudi Arabia, home of 15 of the 19 September 11 murderers, has done virtually nothing to clean up its college of intolerance. We must persuade the Muslim regimes to condemn this new barbarism-before it consumes them, too.
Levine Breaking News - 19 Sept 2004