An outfit calling itself the link78 "Terror Free Oil Initiative" set up a filling station in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S., in early February. The gas station, which had opened near 129th and Q streets with an eye-catching signboard "Terror Free Oil", is hung a streamer with an epigram reading: all those who buy gasoline not correct politically are definitely helping the adversaries of the United States. And this is the first filling station so far set up in the U.S. with a slogan in the name of the "war on terror".
The owner of the gas filling station said the purpose is precisely to encourage Americans to buy gasoline that originate from countries that "do not export or finance terrorism." Those working at the gas station deem that some Middle-East nations are supporting terrorists with their petrodollars. So the "terror free oil" comes from non-Arabian nations, such as the U.S. and Canada.
Nevertheless, the "terror free oil" has reportedly failed to allure or attract customers, as bus or car drivers care only for the prices and quality of the oil supplied and service provided at the gas station rather than the places where the oil originates from. The filling station owner also noted he could hardly sustain or expand his business with a growing competitive pressure imposed on him simply for his commitment of "having nothing to do with terrorism."
The launch of "Terror Free Oil" station has given rise to a lot of talks or discussions, and quite a few people cite the voicing of anti-terror remarks as a way the gasoline station owner ploys to draw customers and seek for an advertisement effect. Anyway, the reality of the "terror free oil" at least proves that namely, the "anti-terrorism" brand is not always efficacious or effective.
After the September 11 attacks in 2001, the U.S. successively launched the wars against Afghanistan and Iraq under the pretext of preemptive attacks, and the war on Iraq, in particular, has become an object of public condemnation. Some Americans who had first favored and supported the Iraq War, gradually joined the anti-war camp when they come to see their troops being bogged down in an impasse there and Iraqis living in the loomed shadow of violence everywhere today. To date, ordinary Americans are unanimously opposed to a troop increase plan proposed by their government recently. And so the "war on terror" is no longer a "beautiful or elegant cloak".
At present, security situation in Afghanistan does not turn for better, the turmoil in Iraq has no end, and the US-Iran dispute over the nuclear (enrichment) issue aggravates once again. To dissolve these crises, the only wise way out for the U.S. is to abandon its uni-polarity and discard dual standards it pursues in the sphere of war on terror. Meddling in affaires around the world not solely for the sake of combating terrorism can result only in greater hatred and upheavals, and more and much severe terrorist attacks. Only by joining the international community in the cooperative endeavor to strike at terrorism in true sense, will more people "refuel" to fight the war on terror.
By People's Daily Online