sexta-feira, março 05, 2004
Na NRO David Frum reflecte sobre o significado dos recentes atentados no Iraque e no Paquistão.
Horrible as these crimes were - more than 100 dead in Iraq, another 40 in Pakistan - they testify to the dire circumstances in which the terrorists are finding themselves. In the 1990s, the terrorists won prestige throughout the Islamic world by attacking Americans. Now they are reduced to murdering fellow-Muslims - Shiites, yes, but still Muslims. Question: Do these attacks enhance or detract from the terrorists? image as holy men and good Muslims? Do these attacks attract supporters - or repel them?
The Middle East is a strange place, so it is not entirely impossible that the first answer may yet prove the correct one. Not impossible ? but not likely either. Abu Zarqawi is doing more than any American-funded radio broadcast ever could to drive home the point that America's enemies are also the enemies of peace-loving people in the Arab and Muslim world.
They are so self-destructive, in fact, that they lend new interest to the theory - advocated by the French scholar Olivier Roy - that Islamic militants turned to terror precisely because they despaired of winning political power.
posted by Miguel Noronha 9:46 da manhã
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