Croatia: A Moral
Milan Ivkosic, Vecernji List
(pro-government), Zagreb, Sept. 13, 2001.
Instead of questioning the moral state of mankind
led by politicians, the worlds public today questions only
how to avoid the consequences of the situationin other words,
how to prevent and punish terror. Terror is never innocent, but
there is no terror without reason. Avenging terror, punishing it,
does not mean eliminating its causes. Furthermore, an inappropriate
reprisal can exacerbate those causes.
The world of capitalism bows to two godsmoney and technology.
Everything that cannot adapt, or does not want to adapt, to financial
or technological standards faces scorn, poverty, and grief. Is there
any person worthy of world renown, aside from the pope, whom the
Western world has produced in recent decades? An admirable person,
exemplifying morality and unselfishness? In recent decades, have
the Western powers been headed by a president or royal family uncorrupted
by financial or sexual scandals?
Terrorists kill innocent people because of cracks in the moral facade
of the Western world. Such moral faults are security gaps as well.
Certainly the mass killing of innocent people gives Americans the
right to seek revenge, but U.S. security is enhanced to the extent
that these moral cracks are eliminated. Christian civilization can
defend itself only by Christian means. Without it, [Christian] civilization
is not what its name implies.