Greece: Only Europe Can Bridge the Gap
Anna Diamantopoulou, Eleftherotypia
(liberal), Athens, Sept. 16, 2001.
tragic events of Sept. 11 sealed humanitys history in such
a way that from now on every reference to contemporary history will
refer to before and after. The word retaliation
seems to be gathering dangerous clouds over our planet.
United States comes out of its isolationism and is in search of
a global political alliance. The largest service that the Europeans
can offer at this point to the United States and to themselves is
to leave the Americans alone in this effort.
attack on New York and Washington, clearly a terrorist attack, or
an act of war, or even both, did confirm that all contemporary societies
and all contemporary cities are threatened.
blind clash that leads to human bombs, in conjunction
with the contemporary lifestyles, portrays the size of the dangers
ahead. Under these circumstances, the weapons are not contemporary
technology, intelligence services, a police state, or defense advancement;
they are democracy, education, and the interaction of the two civilizations.
They are the bridging of the gap, and not the pseudo-economic approach
between developed countries and those of the Third World. The organized
and stern reaction to terrorism should not lead to any compromises
historical inheritance, its economic power, and its geopolitical
position render it as the single safe broker of peace. If it does
not succeed in bridging this global gap, no one else is capable
of doing so, and a new form of Cold War will come to the planet.