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the November 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL. 48,
Total Solidarity with Victims
La Nación (conservative),
Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept. 13, 2001.
is indispensable to account for the fact that the authentic faithful
of Islam are far removed from terrorist fundamentalism. If that
is not recognized, one runs the risk of encouraging inaccurate generalizations
and thus giving a distorted view of the extent to which the groups
that have chosen the path of terror are representative [of the global
Islamic community]. The Islamic faith, when it is genuine, is the
antithesis of violence and hatred. Nothing would be more timely,
in that sense, than the majority of the Arab nations making
a clear and severe condemnation of the monstrous attack.
These considerations take on fundamental importance at a time when
the world anguishes over one of the most savage and abominable crimes
recorded in human history. The entire world today must be prepared
to express its total solidarity with the nation assaulted and with
the victims of the infamous attack. That does not imply a disregard
for the cultural context in which this crime was perpetrated, without
which errors could be committed that would be difficult to repair.
The United States has reacted with calm rationality and a greatness
of spirit in the face of vile aggression. That is precisely what
is expected from a nation that has set its course in the defense
of the great republican and demo-cratic principles that reign over
a vast portion of the planet.
Of course, serenity and sensitivity must not signify passivity.
Those people responsible for the perverse attack must be identified,
detained, and brought to judgment with all the firmness that marks
the laws and principles of the civilized world. Whatever is done
toward that end must receive the strongest support of the international
community. On that historic occasion, fundamentalist fanaticism
must receive the punishment it deserves. On that point, there exists
not the slightest doubt.