Culture & Religion
July Fri 20, 2012
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The news reaches us of a bus of Israeli tourists devastated by a bomb in Bulgaria, of at least seven dead and dozens injured, a scenario of war ravaging the peaceful seaside town of Burgas in Bulgaria. People going on vacation like everyone else treacherously killed by a murderer who they did not know. It is an absurd crime, we would say. In Italy in the Seventies, there were episodes of political terrorism that were terrible but were directed against people who somehow had a role in society for which the criminals identified them as the enemy. Here instead it is not a question of the role, function, or political position of the victims. It has to do with being Israelis, Jews, given that there have been similar attacks in the past, for example on the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. For that offense, the current defense minister of Iran was indicted by the Argentine authorities, and this is a strong hint. Another clue lies in the discovery last week of a plan for a similar attack in Cyprus, and the arrest of a member of Hezbollah, the Lebanese terrorist organization linked to Iran, and yet another in the other Iranian terrorists discovered in the last few months with plans to attack diplomats and Iranian tourists in Thailand, Azerbaijan, and India. Thus, the source of Wednesday’s attack is very likely Islamic and Iranian.As I said, we find it hard even to think of someone putting a bomb on a bus of tourists and killing perfect strangers. The Israelis, instead, unfortunately are very familiar with these tragedies. Palestinian terrorism, until the erection of the separation barrier that makes it difficult to move between the areas controlled by Hamas and Al Fatah and the Israeli territory, has claimed hundreds of innocent victims by attacking its buses, and also other places of peaceful assembly such as bars, restaurants, hotels, where they celebrate the holidays. Only a few months have passed since the latest of these episodes, when a group of terrorists from Sinai, which is practically outside the control of the central Egyptian government, attacked a bus to the resort town of Eilat, killing several people.We should also remember the massacre that took place just over a month ago in France, where an Algerian immigrant went to a Jewish school in Toulouse and murdered children in cold blood, wearing gloves and holding the children by the neck to shoot them better. It is also almost the fortieth anniversary of the Munich massacre, when a Palestinian terrorist group entered the part of the Olympic village where the Israeli athletes were, taking eleven hostages and eventually killing them all. A petition to have their deaths be remembered with a minute of silence at the next Olympics in London was rejected by the Olympic Committee, for fear of retaliation from the Arab countries, who clearly even today feel closer to the killers than to the victims.
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