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Haig to NewsMax: Warn Rogue States of 'Devastating' Response

Tuesday, 25 September 2001 12:00 AM

Gen. Haig made several key points:

Interview follows.

GEN. HAIG: His speech was brilliantly crafted and superbly delivered. He has grasped the essential issues and is doing very well. Most importantly, he has set a clear plan for a broad strategy, based on coalitions, to be executed in a sequence according to priorities, based on intelligence. Unfortunately, some people find it hard to get their heads around this and urge a 'selective' response, confined merely to bin Laden.

GEN HAIG: I'm very optimistic that he will succeed. His main challenge will be to maintain political support. We must give him credit and march in 'lockstep' support.

GEN HAIG: The success of his whole strategy will depend on this. It is said that "terrorism floats upon the fear of people." Now countries that were afraid to act will be emboldened. We must broaden our confidence in success and not be impatient.

GEN HAIG: Yes, and it will prove key to success. The Israelis have said that they were successful only when they shared anti-terrorist sentiments with the populations of the countries in which the terrorists were hiding. In addition, the president's strategy is multifaceted. Its measures will include politics, economics, finance, psychology, culture, religion and military. It is very clear that military measures will not be exclusive.

GEN HAIG: Vital. If Britain and the 'special relationship' had not been right up front, the cost would have been immeasurable. In modern times, Britain has never let us down. Their support was a good guarantee that others would follow – even counties in central Asia, including Pakistan, which we have mistreated in the past. Progress has been remarkable.

GEN HAIG: The 's' is very important. It is not a single coalition. One should never look a gift horse in the mouth, so we should not recoil at trying to deal with any state that agrees to help. However, we must assess their true commitment. Most importantly, we must ensure that no anti-terrorist alliance is used by certain countries (former rogue states) as an opportunity to brutalize certain other countries, such as Georgia. We must not allow them to represent us as intermediaries. We must deal directly.

GEN HAIG: I don't agree with those who say that it is because we support Israel. They are against democracy and the West. It is a throwback to a seventh century philosophy in an area that was the cradle of modern terrorism, although Russia aided greatly in its evolution and development.

First, they (the Arab countries) tried feudalism and it failed. Then they tried Pan-Arabism, which also failed. After that, they flirted with the Western culture and were disappointed. Now, they (the extremists) are very frustrated and they (the terrorists) seize upon a seventh century code that they feel justifies them in killing the 'infidel'.

GEN HAIG: Speaking optimistically, I do not think that any terrorist organization yet has an effective means of delivery. But we should issue a firm warning in advance that we would retaliate in kind and in a devastating manner.

GEN HAIG: That's right.

GEN HAIG: Yes, this is needed most urgently. I well remember when I was at the White House during our war on drugs. All the different government agencies, departments and even committees that had a finger in that war needed lashing together in order to get effective action. It was not done. Now the president has done what has been needed for decades. Don't forget that drugs have played a major role in the financing of terrorism. This lashing together is very, very critical, but it will be a very hard job and will require active support for the president.

GEN HAIG: Yes. If he moves properly, he will achieve miracles.

GEN HAIG: They say "even an ill wind brings some good." I believe this latest outrage will result in America passing out of an age of innocence into a new age of reality.

GEN HAIG: It is this challenge that will dictate success, for in the past, the democracies have been found wanting. This time, we have been given a good and clear plan. Now, as Americans and allies, we must show patience, resolve and loyalty to President Bush in this global war on terrorism.

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