The anxiety of terrorist attacks
- In down town Moscow eight people were killed in a terrorist
attack and one hundred were wounded. In Spain, twelve terrorist
attacks have been committed since December. A feeling of fear
and insecurity is created by this insane violence.
In Russia one thinks evidently about an attack from Chechnya.
President Poutin said:" pursue till the end what we are
doing in Chechnya" because " there is no other way
to fight terrorists, we are going to kill them in their lairs"
Poutin said the same thing a year ago and repression has solved
nothing, terrorists are still there. Unfortunately we have to
expect more terrorist attacks.
In Spain, Azmer, is standing firm against terrorists: "
We have to fight them more than ever"
However these strong messages did not stop the attacks and everybody
is scared about the ones to come.
I evidently condemn these barbaric acts, they will recoil on
those who commit them. One cannot prepare the future with such
actions. However against such blind violence, condemnation is
not enough neither is indignation. And repression does not end
violence, it does the opposite!
What to do to get out of this infernal cycle? Experience teaches
us that it is a political negotiation that helps.
In Spain there has been a truce from ETA and the start of negotiation.
This opportunity has been used. It was a failure and terrorist
attacks re-started. The uncompromising attitude of Madrid, and
the ETA failing can only restart the fighting.
- I appreciate that in Corsica we managed to speak together
to prepare the future after so many years of violence. Israeli-Palestinian
negotiations are still going on, whatever the difficulties. Finally
the last Irish political prisoners got out of jail in Northern
Ireland. One of the painful chapters of history is over!
Negotiation cannot be avoided. It is better than to be forced
to negotiate after wasting time. It will prevent immense damages,
because one single life has no price.