O Intermitente<br> (So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

O Intermitente
(So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

sexta-feira, março 12, 2004

Madrid is not the end of terrorism s road

Artigo no Haaretz.

Whether yesterday's terror attack in Madrid was the work of the Basque underground or of another terrorist organization, such as Al-Qaida - or perhaps even a collaborative effort - it is clear that the massacre at the train station in Spain's capital was modeled after acts by Al-Qaida, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and their ilk: a massive terror attack against innocent civilians in the name of an ideology or political demand.

The modus operandi was also similar: setting off a bomb in a crowded place, or preferably several such places at once, and then afterward also trying to hit the rescue forces.

The Spanish say the Basque underground, ETA, has in the past refrained from mass terror attacks against civilians, preferring to target government officials and Spanish security personnel. But it is possible that ETA has changed its strategy, and has now decided to imitate the Islamic terror organizations. The same thing has happened in Iraq recently: Opposition groups are making every effort to hit crowds of civilians, in order to terrorize and to prove that the government cannot defend its citizens


Israelis can empathize with the horror and anguish experienced yesterday by residents of Madrid. The irony is that the Spanish media has for the last several years shown "understanding" for Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians in public places, on buses and in railway stations, and has even justified such attacks. But no political demand, however justified it might be, justifies such acts of mass murder.

What all such terror attacks have in common is the belief that some political cause or ideology justifies deliberate attacks on crowds of innocent civilians just because they are members of "the other side," the enemy. Or in other words, that there is such a thing as justifiable terrorism. However, there is no "good terror" and "bad terror." Thus when Syrian President Bashar Assad, for instance, justifies Palestinian "acts of sacrifice" (suicide bombings), he becomes a leader who supports terrorism.

Thus anyone who objects to what the terrorists did yesterday in Madrid cannot at the same time justify or overlook similar acts of terror against other nations

posted by Miguel Noronha 8:46 da manhã

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