OPINION

Opinion

The war against the Taleban started as an organized campaign against terrorism with the aim of arresting Osama bin Laden and break up the Al-Qaeda terrorist cell. Three weeks since the first air strikes against Afghanistan, none of the aforementioned goals have been achieved. Reactions in the Islamic world are growing, the cohesion of the broad alliance is being put to the test, Washington’s protests have so far failed to rein in Israel, whose behavior is provoking the Arab world, and the war against terrorism is turning into a major clash of civilizations. It is beyond doubt that the US administration and the British government wish to avoid a confrontation between the West and the Islamic world. The USA, in particular, not only has economic interests in the region but also fears that – given the multicultural nature of American society – a civilizational clash could seriously undermine its internal cohesion. History, however, is not written by the intentions of the leaders of the time, especially given the fact that the Taleban, in their public relations policy, know how to exploit collateral damage – that is, the death of civilians – and speak the language of Islam, the language of an entire cultural unit stretching from the eastern Atlantic coast to Indonesia. The broad alliance is obviously bewildered as it realizes that its military campaign has helped deepen the cultural chasm… This turmoil is not without foundation. According to data released by OLME, about 3,500 posts in secondary education remain vacant and, according to DOE’s chairman, about 1,000 in primary education. Hence, although we are already two months into the school year, 10 to 15 days have already been lost which cannot be made up.