The first attacks by the U.S. and the U.K took place early in the morning on October-07-2001 in Afghanistan. As reported by the Guardian “Since the air campaign started on October-07-2001, over 3000 bombs and missiles have been fired at Afghanistan. “
The joint mission is called Operation Enduring Freedom, in which ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) an operation of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) runs in parallel with the United States and Britain in their “War on Terror”.
According to information given by ISAF Afghanistan International Security Assistance Force online the countries involved are the following : Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tonga, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab emirates, and the leading countries in the “War on Terror” the United States and the United Kingdom. Fifty nations have contributed in the “War on Terror”.
The way the first attacks on Afghanistan was presented by the Times, was far from the importance which was given to the September-11-2001 attacks. In a Columnist article entitled “World of sport does not stop because the world is at war” byof October-10-2001, the journalist explains how some events could be more important than other. The journalist writes about two different worlds, the world of sports, and war. It is not because a war is taking place and almost the entire world is involved that life has to stop according to Barnes.
“We don’t really want sport in times of trauma-in the week after September 11, for example. But in times of mere trouble, sport cheers us all up, gives us something trivial to worry about and get pleased about and get disappointed about.”
He refers to the attacks on Afghanistan as “World War Three” which is without doubt a very important term to use. Yet his references remain far from the world of politics and war. He announces the attacks on Afghanistan which had taken place just three days before , “the hard rain began falling on Afghanistan.”
The “hard rain” is part of a song byin September 1962. The name of the song was A Hard Rain’s a gonna fall. One month later in October -1962 Soviet missiles were discovered on the Cuban ground. The events initiated the Cuban Missile Crisis which was one of the major crises of the Cold War period. The Cold War was almost like a Third World War. It just did not happen in the military sense.
A statement bywhich was reported in Rose Wild’s article right after the twin tower attacks , makes more sense in the months after the attacks. The reference to the Cold War period by the Times on October -10-2001 is not the first. The end of the Cold War and the beginning of a new type of war was announced by Rose Wild in her article, “Terror for all” .
“Mikhail Gorbachev famously said that in ending the Cold War he was doing something terrible to the West, depriving it of its enemy.”
The Times gives much importance to the World War Two period and events which followed related to that period. By calling it “World War Three” the Times makes it clear that the world has entered a new war and a new era.