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the November 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL. 48,
Chile: A New
Kind of War
Mercurio (conservative), Santiago, Sept. 13, 2001.
The words [of President Bush] remind us of the missile
attacks ordered by his predecessor on targets in the Sudan and Afghanistan
and the bombing of Tripoli by Ronald Reagan. All in all, without
having complete certainty about the origin of the terrorist attack,
it would seem absolutely indispensable to control ones desire
This demonstration, that a small group of people resolved to die
and trained to cause damage to those they consider their enemies,
could lead to extremely negative results. One can well imagine that
the immediate response of the United Statesand, in general,
of all the countries that are victims of terrorismwill be
the adoption of measures to prevent anything like it from happening
again. Unfortunately, this means restricting civil liberties. It
is almost certain that freedom of movement and trade will be affected.
It is reasonable to assume, as well, that measures aimed at immigrants,
which have broad support in Europe, will be sharpened. But even
more disquieting is the idea of a police state as the only safeguard
when faced with ubiquitous and technologically capable terrorists.
This would be a serious event for Western societies, which have
achieved a notable democratic modus vivendi. That is why all the
countries that share these civilized values ought immediately to
establish mechanisms of cooperation and information sharing as a
means of effectively confronting indiscriminate terrorism.