Shortly after the September 11 attacks in this column I suggested that the war on terrorism launched by George W. Bush should include the IRA and ETA. At the time, I believed, that the new world-order was only targetting Bin Laden. I was wrong. The historic disarmament steps which have been taken this week by the IRA owe much to the September 11 attacks. The United States, has for many years, been one of the chief fundraising areas for so-called Irish republican groups. But the horrific attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon has not only led to a new world-order against terrorism it has also broadcast a clear message to groups across the world that terrorism in any form will not be tolerated. The writing was on the wall when Gerry Adams during a Sinn Fein conference in Dublin condemned the attacks just days afterwards. He since followed up his earlier statement calling on the IRA to disarm. But while in Northern Ireland the time for negotiations has started, in Spain the fight against ETA continues. Even though there has not been a significant breakthrough like the one seen in Northern Ireland the Spanish police helped by their French counterparts have made a series of important arrests of high-ranking ETA members who were helping mastermind the bombing campaign on the mainland. Is there a link?