Recognize the omnipotence of good

When the Sentinel team was planning this issue on the search for a secure world, we recalled some observations Admiral Stansfield Turner shared with us during a meeting we had with him last year. He was director of the US Central Intelligence Agency under President Jimmy Carter, and a career naval officer who served with the Seventh Fleet off Vietnam and commanded NATO's southern flank.

Admiral Turner said that although terrorism has been practiced over many centuries, it has a dismal record of achievement. The way to deal with terrorism in its many manifestations is to dispel the false impression of its utility, he said. Terrorism is based on a false premise. "It is not a force that finds any legitimacy in the power of God, which can only be for good."

A few days ago, Turner spoke with me about the latest developments in the Middle East and South Asia.

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July 8, 2002

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