The campaign in Afghanistan seems to be going nearly flawlessly. But tonight's guest, journalist Genevieve Abdo, says we may be winning all the military battles, but we are losing the greater war on terrorism. She says our successful military action in Afghanistan, our threatening rhetoric towards Iraq, and our tacit approval of Israel's attacks on Palestinian-controlled territory are giving rise to an increased, anti-American sentiment in the Middle East. Successful American interventions in other countries have in the past led to greater problems. American support of the Taliban was just the latest example. This hour, could our early victories in the war on terrorism create greater monsters in the future?
Genevieve Abdo, former Tehran correspondent for The Guardian (London) newspaper
author of "No God But God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam.";
Jack Spencer, Policy Analyst on defense and national security issues at the Heritage Foundation
This program aired on December 5, 2001.