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World war has begun, leader says

As the Malaysian Prime Minister sees it, the Third World War has already begun between “the axis of evil and Satan.” In a provocative speech to delegates at the start of the annual World Economic Forum, Mahathir Mohamad painted a picture of the West, particularly the United States, facing an enemy it doesn’t understand and doesn’t seek to understand. “We fear terrorists. We fear flying. We fear night clubs. We fear parcels. We fear white powder. We fear shoes. We fear Muslims. We fear metal cutlery,” he said. “They fear starvation. They fear military invasion. They fear being rocketed. They fear being captured and detained.” This new war is characterized above all by revenge, said Dr. Mahathir, Malaysia’s Prime Minister for the past 22 years, who plans to retire at the end of 2003. The Prime Minister said U.S. President George W. Bush was the first to say after Sept. 11 that the United States is at war. It may not be a conventional war fought on battlefields but, he added, “people are being killed and people are fighting back.” Full Story

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