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Title: Terrorism and America : five Asia Pacific perspectives 
Author: Bhaskara, Harry
Date: 2001
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Abstract: Three weeks after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., five journalists-from India, Fiji, Japan, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka-visiting the East-West Center on an exchange program accepted an invitation to write about the attacks and "America's War on Terrorism" from the perspective of their own country. Their responses are frank and sometimes anguished. "As global terrorism evolved into a beast out of control, America enjoyed the good life," writes a Sri Lankan. The United States has declared a war on terrorism but, an Indian asks, is it only because now "the grief pours out of American eyes"? In Japan, resentment over America's increasing "unilateralism" coexists with an unprecedented willingness to send troops overseas, says a writer for The Mainichi Newspapers. A Fijian broadcaster notes that calls for international action are accompanied by "unease over violent retaliation." The mixed emotions described by many are dramatically evident in predominantly Muslim Indonesia where, says a newspaper editor, anti-American demonstrations defied President Megawati's assurances of support for the United States.
Series/Report No.: AsiaPacific issues ; no. 55
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Pages/Duration: 6 pages
LC Subject Headings: Terrorism - United States
Journalists - Asia - Attitudes

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  • AsiaPacific Issues [120]
    Papers in the AsiaPacific Issues series address topics of broad interest and significant impact relevant to current and emerging policy debates. These eight-page, peer-reviewed papers are accessible to readers outside the author's discipline.


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