Thomas Friedman

Extrait du livre « Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11 » de Thomas L. Friedman:

"After every major terrorist incident, the excuse makers come out to tell us why imperialism, Zionism, colonialism or Iraq explains why the terrorists acted. These excuse makers are just one notch less despicable than the terrorists and also deserve to be exposed. When you live in an open society where anyone with a grievance can publish an article, run for office or start a political movement, the notion that blowing up a busload of innocent civilians in response to Iraq is somehow « understandable » is outrageous. It erases the distinction between legitimate dissent and terrorism and an open society needs to maintain a clear wall between them.

There is no political justification for 9/11, 7/7 or 7/21. As the Middle East expert Stephen P. Cohen put it: ‘These terrorists are what they do.’ And what they do is murder."