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By José L. Cubillán R.
July 30, 2005
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The result is that in countries with a Muslim majority there are cars bombs, with authorities constantly frightened by not knowing whether to shoot and kill passersby, because any passer-by could be a kamikaze.
The strategies to counter terrorism have an absurd parallel. Suppose you were a man that was determined eradicate HIV from the world, and you decide that the best strategy for doing so would be to kill all the people on earth who carried the virus, so as to eliminate the virus within them. Sounds stupid, doesn’t it? Yet this is the strategy that the first world has implemented to battle terrorism - attacking nations where it is believed terrorism germinates, and forcing Muslims in London, New York and Madrid to submit to the most onerous registration procedures. Ironically, the London attacks were carried out by Muslim young people that are second generation British citizens, so the bombers that carried out the attack didn’t have far to travel.
Meanwhile, the British police shot and killed a young Brazilian man who had trouble adjusting to the British climate. His wearing of an overcoat during the height of the summer raised the suspicion of the police.
The problem is that because of their tremendous
vulnerability, the authorities in the developed countries are in a constant
state of apprehension. The traditional methods of crime prevention, based
largely on persuasion, fail when confronted by suicide attacks by people with
nothing to lose. The authorities are forced to make use of lethal force -
no longer to persuade - but to root out any possibility of success on the
part of the presumed terrorist.
The West also overlooks an evident fact: the terrorists’ attacks have been successful. The central argument of the free countries is that nobody will change their way of life. But the fact is, it has changed. The English police, historically an example of moderation in the use of the force, now have a stained image after an unjustified death.
And terrorism does not look likely to diminish. On the contrary, the success of organizations like al-Qaeda will give inspiration to other groups to continue down the road of Muslim extremism. Ernesto [Che] Guevara thought that a successful revolution would give rise to other revolutions, and perhaps the same will happen with terrorism. If it does, it is not only be the first world falls victim.
The time to reexamine the politics of security has arrived, because England, Egypt, Spain and even Venezuela are now potential victims. In the final anaysis, the world is not so large.