WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Robert David Steele, founder of OSS Inc., 25-year veteran of the U.S. national security community and author of ON INTELLIGENCE: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World (AFCEA, 2000): "The tragedy of today's coordinated attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon -- with other targets expected shortly -- must be regarded as the Pearl Harbor of the 21st Century. Our national leaders have wasted ten years since the end of the Cold War, failing to understand that it is instability, poverty, oppression, disease, and cultural conflict that require the USA to expend billions of dollars on stabilizing and nurturing the Whole Earth. These attacks should not be misunderstood -- they are the equivalent of a thousand monks and Quakers immolating themselves in front of the American people." Mr. Steele goes on to note, "As Robert McNamara and others have pointed out, 'at least two thirds of the world's people -- Chinese, Russian, Indians, Muslims, and Africans' -- see the United States as the single greatest threat to their societies, because of our 'intrusive, interventionist, exploitative, unilateralist, hegemonic, hypocritical practices' of 'economic imperialism' and 'intellectual colonialism'." Mr. Steele concludes: "America is the greatest country in the world, but we have lost sight of our moral foundations, failed to listen to our great strategists Zbigniew Brzezinski and Stephen Metz, and completely closed down the U.S. Department of State and our foreign assistance endeavors. It is time for a Global Marshal Plan that respects the fact that the Whole Earth is a closed system. It is time to give Colin Powell what he needs to save the world -- only by saving the world can we save America." On this occasion Steele and Professor Stephen Cimbala have re-released their earlier warning on the need for a new concept of deterrence in the 21st Century. Their joint communique can be downloaded quickly (539 words) from http://www.oss.net/Papers/white/TodaysAttacks.doc . Asked why the U.S. Intelligence Community failed to anticipate these attacks, Steele responded: "Our enemies are intelligent -- they know that the U.S. has spent all of its money on technical collection that can be easily defeated by simply not using any electronic equipment. These attacks were arranged on a face-to-face basis with trusted individuals willing to die for their cause." MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X84425623
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