My immediate reaction as I watched the events on September the eleventh, 2001 in morbid fascination, was that this might well be the start of a world-wide outbreak of anti-Western terrorism. Those who were alive when Kennedy was assassinated no doubt felt an initial pang of fear of the same sort. Then, the immediate reaction was that the Russians had done it, and that World War Three was about to erupt. But the truth, 7 years down the track, is that while there have been other terrorist attrocities, and there was initially a rash of idiots sending white powder in envelopes to various Government bodies, the world as we know it has not erupted into a storm of terrorism at all. We have had a couple of big attacks, Madrid and London, but there doesn't SEEM to have been any increase in the number or impact of these sorts of acts. More terrorist acts seem to be being perpetrated by Hindu extremists than by Isalmic fanatics. The big question is, I guess, where these attacks all the anti-Western forces would muster, or has the so-called war on terrorism actually worked? While we sit and wait for the Islamic reprisal to the execution of the Bali bombers the Press so desperately hopes is going to happen, each passing day makes it less and less likely. (My opinion is that the Bali situation was for domestic consumption, not to 'get at' the West; they were trying to show the Indonesian Government that they couldn't protect Western tourists on their soil). Opinions on a plain brown envelope, please .