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America in a Trap

Tuesday, 19 February 2002 12:00 AM

Almost every week the FBI or some other government agency sends us a new warning: "According to reliable information, a group of terrorists from Yemen [or another Middle Eastern country] is preparing a new large-scale terror action, probably more destructive than the 9-11 strikes. Everybody should be on highest alert!"

The last warning of this kind was issued on Feb. 11.

No doubt the messages are based on reliable information. Moreover, though no other large-scale strikes have occurred, attempts at such strikes are no doubt taking place continually.

No doubt, also, preparations for the next huge "suicide strikes" are already under way.

Recently the New York Post published the full text of the letter written by 15-year-old Charles Bishop, who at the beginning of January flew a Cessna aircraft into a Bank of America building in Tampa, Fla.

The major theses of the letter are as follows:

It is very easy to understand that al-Qaeda used Charles Bishop to test how the U.S. security system – at least in regard to skyscraper protection – had changed in the months since the September strikes. And they discovered that the security system hadn't really improved!

By the way, terrorist organizations and the related secret services are eagerly using women and children for terror action preparations.

America is feverishly anxious. America continuously expects new strikes using "civilian aircraft warfare," bioweapons, chemical weapons, cyber-warfare, etc. This fact dramatically influences all aspects of our socioeconomic reality:

The stagnation of the U.S. economy is accompanied by "mushroom-like" growth in other parts of the globe. On Feb. 7, Shijie Ribao (World Journal), the most popular Chinese-language newspaper in America, published an article by its Beijing correspondent: "Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen [the famous Special Economic Zone bordering Hong Kong] Forms Innovative Economic Triangle of Mainland China."

The article describes rapid economic development in the three cities, as well as in the entire huge geographic "triangle" shaped by these cities, on the basis of skyrocketing high-tech industries.

Indeed, this triangle – more precisely, Chinese coastal cities and provinces from Liaoning in the northeast to Guangdong in the south – are transforming into a single economic entity of vast economic and technological potential.

This zone, with about 400 million people, provides about 60 percent of the Chinese GDP and industrial production (if some comparatively poor and backward towns and counties of these prosperous provinces are excluded).

In 2000, the "triangle" GDP – if measured in "international prices" (based on the purchase power parity of local currency) and in current U.S. dollars – definitely surpassed the GDP of Japan. The author is basing the figure on reliable data and estimations.

The economy of the "triangle" continues to expand at an annual rate of about 9 percent, thus fueling the growth of all of China. Huge foreign investment from the entire developed world, including the U.S., is one of the major factors behind this astonishing rate of growth.

And now, when the developed countries are frightened by the terror threat, the investment attractiveness of China is increased even more.

If American stagnation and the rapid development of China coincide for two to three more years, the power balance in the world could change greatly. This would become the real defeat of America – both in the war against terror and in the global geopolitical competition.

Taiwanese business already leans toward mainland China. At least 30 percent of the Taiwanese, according to recent polls, dream about "good employment in Shanghai" or some other prosperous city between Shanghai and Shenzhen, and believe that "in five years the economic gap between Taiwan and China's southeast coast will vanish."

This means that after 2005, the Chinese People's Liberation Army would be able to take over Taiwan without a shot, with the moral support of a significant part of the local people, just as the German army took over Austria in 1938.

In addition, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, all of Southeast Asia and the eastern regions of Russia and Mongolia are drifting toward a "greater China influence zone" even more rapidly than Taiwan.

The geopolitical map of the globe is on the brink of great change.

America desperately needs a victory in the war on terror, a return to normal life, and the resumption of healthy economic-technological development.

Smashing al-Qaeda in Afghanistan in October-November 2001 was only the first step in this direction, followed by successful actions against al-Qaeda cells and related organizations in many countries. Even so, some senior officials estimate that thousands of al-Qaeda fighters are still at large.

And what about the secret services of Iraq, Iran, North Korea and other "countries of concern," let alone China and Russia, these self-declared new friends of America?

It is possible to understand, from recent administration statements, that Saddam Hussein's regime is doomed. That will become one more step in the right direction. However, terrorism extermination both outside and inside the U.S. should proceed simultaneously, with the inside struggle probably the more important one.

The situation at the "internal front" is especially worrisome.

At the beginning of February, the author visited the local FBI office, met the official responsible for counterintelligence and gave him all the data about the Russian secret services involvement in the 9-11 strikes (known already to NewsMax readers) as well as the copies of original sources.

At the same time, the author said several words about a local group of "friends from Russia" engaged in very suspicious activity. Particularly, in 2000-2001 the group did its best to terminate the author's research related to the Chinese-Russian alliance.

"They need to be caught red-handed," responded the official, "or we can do nothing, even if some respectable citizens could confirm your words."

It looks as if the FBI is still using old "pre-strike" methods, thus creating a comparatively beneficial environment for collaborators and assistants of terrorists.

The question is how to win on the "internal front." This is a life-and-death question.

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