Cablegate: Media Reaction - Global War On Terrorism:
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UNCLAS SANTIAGO 001571
STATE FOR IIP/G/WHA, INR/R/MR, WHA/BSC, WHA/PDA
STATE FOR INR/IAA, L/WHA, DRL, S/P
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OPRC KMDR KPAO PHUM CI TERRORISM PTER
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION - GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM:
1. On July 21, business and financial daily "Diario
Financiero" (circ. 20,000) carried a column by
international commentator Leonidas Irarrazaval entitled,
"The Scourge of Terrorism." Quote:
2. "The terrorist attacks in London have once again
disconcerted the world, bringing fear and incredulity....
What has the West done to create such hate and such a
desire for revenge? The answer cannot lie only in Iraq.
There is no question the reasons go back centuries,
perhaps to the first crusade. But why now? Perhaps
because we have looked down on those who are not
Christians, especially in the Middle East, for far too
long. It's now time to amend things and open up...to all
peaceful religions and, in the case of Islam...keep all
that is good in that great religion.... The task won't
be easy and will depend on how we address it. Brute
force will resolve nothing and the equivalent of adding
more fuel to the fire."