‘Remember that “Crusade”? It is back, it seems – if it ever went away. On 16th September 2001, George W. Bush announced: “. . . this Crusade, this war on terrorism, is going to take a while.”
Six months later that designated “dove” of the Bush Administration, General Colin Powell, gave an ultimatum to Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf demanding he be on board to topple the Taliban and neutralize “al-Qaeda” in Afghanistan.
Powell, in testimony before a Commission investigating the 11th September attacks (24th March 2004) stated that: “We gave them twenty four (or) forty eight hours and then I called President Musharraf and said: ‘We need your answer now. We need you as part of this campaign – this Crusade.’ “’