|Voormalig CIA directeur James Woolsey, die genoemd is als
kandidaat voor de baan van minister van Informatie in het na-oorlogse Irak
verteld aan publiek van de Universiteit van CaliforniŽ in Los Angeles
(UCLA) dat de VS zich bezighouden met "Wereldoorlog IV" - tegen
religieuze leiders van Iran, de "fascisten" van Irak en SyriŽ,
extemistische Islamisten, zoals al-Qaeda.
Ex-CIA director: U.S. faces 'World War IV'
From Charles Feldman and Stan Wilson
Thursday, April 3, 2003 Posted: 5:02 PM EST (2202 GMT)
Former CIA Director James Woolsey
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Former CIA Director
James Woolsey said
Wednesday the United States is engaged in World War IV, and that it could
continue for years.
In the address to a group of college students, Woolsey
described the Cold
War as the third world war and said "This fourth world war, I think,
last considerably longer than either World Wars I or II did for us.
Hopefully not the full four-plus decades of the Cold War."
Woolsey has been named in news reports as a possible
candidate for a key
position in the reconstruction of a postwar Iraq.
He said the new war is actually against three enemies:
rulers of Iran, the "fascists" of Iraq and Syria, and Islamic
like al Qaeda.
Woolsey told the audience of about 300, most of whom are
students at the
University of California at Los Angeles, that all three enemies have waged
war against the United States for several years but the United States has
just "finally noticed."
"As we move toward a new Middle East," Woolsey
said, "over the years and,
I think, over the decades to come ... we will make a lot of people very
It will be America's backing of democratic movements
throughout the Middle
East that will bring about this sense of unease, he said.
"Our response should be, 'good!'" Woolsey
Singling out Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the
leaders of Saudi
Arabia, he said, "We want you nervous. We want you to realize now,
fourth time in a hundred years, this country and its allies are on the
march and that we are on the side of those whom you -- the Mubaraks, the
Saudi Royal family -- most fear: We're on the side of your own
Woolsey, who served as CIA director under President Bill
taking part in a "teach-in" at UCLA, a series of such forums at
universities across the nation.
A group calling itself "Americans for Victory Over
Terrorism" sponsors the
teach-ins, and the Bruin Republicans, UCLA's campus Republicans
organization, co-sponsored Wednesday night's event.
The group was founded by former Education Secretary
William Bennett, who
took part in Wednesday's event along with Paul Bremer, a U.S. ambassador
during the Reagan administration and the former chairman of the National
Commission on Terrorism.