Reaps What It Sowed
Antonio Caballero, Semana (centrist newsmagazine),
Bogotá, Sept. 14, 2001.
double attack, which left thousands dead, provoked horror, of course.
And shock, which is less understandable, for it was a matter of
course. The attack was a predictable advance in the methods of terrorism,
which has always been what the weak use to make war upon the strong.
Almost 50 years ago, an Algerian fighting for independence explained
it: We plant bombs in supermarkets in Paris because we do
not have airplanes to bomb French cities, while the French have
airplanes, so they bomb Algerian towns. The advance was that
instead of putting a bomb in a passenger plane, the terrorists decided
to use a passenger plane itself as a bomb.
is natural progress, of course, in the war between the strong and
the weak. It was only natural that after a half century of the American
government devastating cities around the worldTokyo, Dresden,
Hiroshima, Korean villages, Hanoi, Beirut, Panama, Tripoli, Kabul,
Baghdad, Belgradeit would be New York and Washingtons
turn to experience horror. They have spent their whole lives sowing
rancor through the world; they should not be surprised now by what
they are reaping.