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Cablegate: Media Reaction; Virginia Tech Massacre; 04/20/07; Buenos

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION; VIRGINIA TECH MASSACRE; 04/20/07; BUENOS
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1. SUMMARY STATEMENT

The massacre at Virginia Tech remains the most important
international story. Leading "Clarin" carries an opinion piece on
the political implications of the massacre.

2. OPINION PIECES AND EDITORIALS

- "The dark side"

Claudio Mario Aliscioni, international analyst of leading "Clarin,"
penned (04/20) "The Virginia nightmare not only reveals the deeply
rooted attachment to weapons of millions of inhabitants of the 'deep
America,' but also reveals the impotence of the country's
leadership, which is increasingly tied by its financial needs for
political campaigns and its not always clear commitments with
institutions that are an essential part of the problem, like
conservative National Rifle Association.

"As long as this organization, which is opposed to arms control
policies, is the 'wallet' of Republicans and Democrats, revisiting
any policy will be unlikely. This is another dark side of an empire
that no longer is what it used to be."

To see more Buenos Aires reporting, visit our
classified website at:
http://www.state.sqov.gov/p/wha/buenosaires

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