End and Our Own
Politika (centrist), Belgrade, Sept. 12, 2001.
was helpless in deterring a power that had initiative but no face.
[The United States] was humiliated in a unique way in the history
of empires. Once America recovers from the shock, it must determine
the origin of terrorism and then decide how to act. After what has
happened, there is no clear answer.
of the solution is eliminating those forces involved in the informal
global terrorist movement. This is a movement that the United States
has tried to defeat or flatter, but it has never sought to understand
it. The public of the worlds greatest powerif indeed
it remains the greatest powerwill demand answers. Politicians
will not know how to provide them, but they will certainly find
some. Authorities will seek targets of reprisal, and this will represent
a new risk of global violence.
One cannot be an optimist. Those who have shaken America and the
entire world in this spectacular and terrifying way know no constraints.
We dont know what their next act will be, but we cannot rule