Ten years ago last week the al-Qaida terror network burst onto the world scene when it orchestrated simultaneous attacks on the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The bombs killed more than 200 people, and although aimed at America, in a prelude to the campaign of indiscriminate killing that the group practices, most of the victims were Africans.
The victims were honored Thursday in ceremonies at the two embassies and also in Washington. President George Bush marked the occasion by saying the anniversary reinforces the need to confront the terrorists, to work with our allies to bring them to justice, and to prevent such attacks from happening again.
As an eerie reminder that such threats are real and imminent, one of the men believed to have masterminded the attacks was recently sighted in Malindi, Kenya. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who is believed to have been hiding in Somalia, left his sanctuary for medical treatment and is now the subject of an international manhunt.
Teamwork among Kenya, Tanzania and the U.S. has prevented similar major attacks like those against the embassies. A global effort will be needed to root out other terrorists and the causes behind such destructive action.