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Kissinger: Strike at Terror Havens

Saturday, 22 September 2001 12:00 AM

Speaking at a symposium sponsored by the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, Kissinger told an audience that governments offering support for extremists such as Osama bin Laden would have to bear the brunt of the new U.S. offensive against terrorism.

"If we succeed in reducing the number of countries that support terrorists...then we're dealing with a group of fugitives running around the world," Kissinger said. "If we can force them to spend their time surviving, they cannot spend their time threatening our survival."

Bin Laden has been able to safely operate out of Afghanistan due to the hospitality of the ruling Taliban militia, which thus far has refused to turn the elusive Saudi mastermind over to the United States.

Pressuring relatively unfriendly governments into ousting terrorists, or at least cutting off protection and financial support, were not limited to military measures, Kissinger said. Other options include cutting off foreign aid and stopping the issuance of visas.

The Sacramento Bee said Saturday that Kissinger also told his audience not to lay the blame for the success of last week's terrorist attacks squarely at the feet of U.S. intelligence agencies that were apparently caught off-guard.

Kissinger, who has been criticized for his involvement in covert operations such as the overthrow of Chile's socialist President Salvadore Allende while serving in President Nixon's cabinet, said that U.S. intelligence activities have been hampered by too much oversight and skepticism.

"What we should remember is that we have been harassing our intelligence agencies for the last 20 years, at least, and submitted them to endless inquiries," he said.

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