A. Bahmane, El Watan
(independent, French-language), Algiers, Sept. 19, 2001.
if the U.S. military kills Bin Laden and decimates his forces, international
terrorism will be only weakened, not destroyed. Experts agree on
this point, and some assert that if Bin Laden dies a martyr, his
name will act as a stimulus for terrorist movements around the world
that wont hesitate to commit further spectacular attacks.
so as the fear and anger fade, a growing chorus of voices is calling
for a comprehensive approach to terrorism, the fruit of intensive
thought about its deepest nature. The first conclusion will involve
the responsibility of the Western world, which throughout history
has allowed religious fundamentalism to thrive when it served Western
the West unconditionally backed the monarchies of the Gulf, a breeding
ground of fundamentalism, because of their oil resources, while
at the same time lending blinkered support to Israels expansionist
policies. Against the will of their people, Arab and Muslim leaders
have been coddled by the West, spurring popular anger to fever pitch
during the Gulf War.
widespread in the Arab world by the end of the 20th century, has
been exploited by the fundamentalists, who have channeled it into
a holy war (jihad) against the West. The West, and notably
the United States, has learned nothing from all this. Worse, the
West has aggravated frustrations the world over by canonizing laissez-faire
eco-nomics, whose centerpieceglobalizationheralds the
systematic impoverishment of billions of people.
it would be hasty to blame the West alone for terrorism. Both governments
and movements in the Arab-Muslim world have sought to impose their
religious dogma everywhere by means of systematic terror perpetrated
by fanatical groups. Their aim is to create Afghan-type states.
Algeria is the clearest case in point.