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|Straw: 'It's Like the Cuban Missile Crisis'
- Home Secretary's words of war stoke up post-US attack atmosphere
BRITISH Home Secretary Jack Straw has compared the effects of last Tuesday's suicide attacks on America with the Cuban missile crisis during which the world came close to suffering nuclear war.
"I think that for many people of my generation or older this is perhaps the most potentially frightening situation that's occurred since the Cuba missile crisis in the early 1960s," Straw said.
The Home Secretary's comments are the latest in a string of quotes from political leaders in the Britain and the US which appear designed to stoke up a war-like atmosphere, perhaps in readiness for an attack on Afghanistan, the current home of Osama bin Laden, the man held responsible for last week's outrage.
US Vice-President Dick Cheney yesterday said he wanted bin Laden's head on a platter, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned of terrorists brandishing nuclear weapons and US President George Bush said he wants to "smoke out" bin Laden from his mountain hideout.
Already, there have been signs that other western governments are not keen to follow the stridently militaristic Anglo-American agenda. Both Germany and Italy, for instance, have indicated they will not supply troops to US-led operation. In the UK, International Development Minister Clare Short urged caution, saying the lives of innocent Afghans should be of paramount importance.