December 9, 2002
KENYA TERRORIST ATTACKS: 'AL-QAIDA WIDENS ITS GUN SIGHTS'
** Dailies worldwide
concluded that the Kenya attacks bore the imprint of al-Qaida.
** Non-Muslim papers
emphasized the evolving global terrorist threat.
** Arab writers a saw
"lesson" for PM Sharon: his "excess use of force" reaps
Virtually every daily blamed al-Qaida for the Kenya attacks. Outlets across the board joined Britain's Financial
Times in asserting that the Kenyan attacks "bear the hallmark...of bin
Laden's al-Qaida." Russia's
reformist Izvestiya noted ominiously that al-Qaida has "reminded
the world of its existence," while a left-of-center German daily
underlined the terrorist organization's capability "to organize murder
anywhere and any time." Some
suggested that by directly targeting Israeli citizens al-Qaida sought to tap
into Muslim anger about the Palestinian issue, thus "accelerating the
polarization of the Muslim and Christian/Jewish world."
Non-Muslim dailies emphasized the evolving terrorist threat in the
wake of the recent attacks in Kenya and inside Israel. Paris's right-of-center Le Figaro and
others determined that "Israel was targeted, but the entire world is
threatened." Many emphasized al-Qaida's
focus on "relatively easy targets" outside of the West, with Kenya's
independent East African Standard noting that "once again
terrorists have hit at a soft spot."
A government-owned Zambian daily said terrorists increasingly see poor
countries as "the soft underbelly" of the globe and predicted more
attacks in Africa. Others warned of what
Berlin's right-of-center Die Welt called a "highly fragile security
situation" throughout the world.
Several pressed for international cooperation in a fight in which
neither pre-emption nor conventional warfare provide "lasting
solutions." They suggested the West
"cannot...fight against terror networks only" but must "ease the
sufferings and injustice [of Muslims] in ways other than violence."
Arab/Muslim writers saw 'lessons' for PM Sharon, holding that
'violence only brings additional violence.'
Egypt's pro-government Al Ahram spoke for many in characterizing
the attacks as "a reaction" to Israel's "crimes against
Palestinian civilians." Some Muslim
observers blasted Washington's "aid to and support for Israel." Karachi's pro-jihad Islam warned that
the U.S. and Israel "will be erased from...the earth" if they do not
stop "atrocities" against Muslims.
Ben Goldberg, Gail Hamer Burke
This analysis is based on 59 reports from 32 countries 29 November - 9
December. Editorial excerpts from each
country are listed from the most recent date.
Widens Its Gun-Sights"
An editorial in the independent Financial Times stated
(11/29): "Although a hitherto
unknown group styling itself the Army of Palestine claimed responsibility
yesterday, the synchronized attacks bear the hallmark of followers or
sympathisers of Usama bin Laden's al-Qaida.
If so, they at last make good the Saudi Arabian terror chief's pledge to
strike at Israelis and Jews in general.
Six months before his network blew up the U.S. embassies in Nairobi and
Dar es-Salaam in 1998, Mr. bin Laden announced the creation of the World
Islamic Front for Holy War against Jews and Crusaders with Ayman el-Zawahiri
and his Jihad group from Egypt. Until
now, however, their pre-occupation with Israel and the plight of Palestinians
was a demagogic afterthought to their ambition to create a worldwide confrontation
between Muslims and the West. It is much
easier to go after the Taliban and Saddam Hussein; indeed sceptics about U.S.
policy on Iraq believe Washington's concentration on Baghdad is hobbling the
campaign against terror. Whether or not
that is so, redoubled efforts are needed to identify and track down the tens of
thousands of former Muslim and Arab volunteers in Afghanistan, the core
constituency of battle-hardened zealots that fuels al-Qaida. That would require greater co-operation from
ostensible allies in the 'war on terror' such as Saudi Arabia, which are in the
best position to provide such information, and more attention to failed
"Pan-Arab Support Is Key Motive"
Diplomatic editor Ewen Macaskill observed in the liberal Guardian
(11/29): "Usama bin Laden for years
has pinpointed Israel as an enemy but has never succeeded in making a direct
attack on its citizens. That appears to
have changed yesterday. By bringing in
Israel, al-Qaida would have accelerated a polarization of the Muslim and
Christian/Jewish world, dragging a step nearer the long-predicted 'clash of
civilisations.' Many Muslims who would
have found the twin towers carnage repulsive would have no such qualms about
Kenya because the target was Israelis, such is the strength of feelings aroused
by the Palestinian issue. What has been
surprising is that al-Qaida has not attempted to attack Israeli or Jewish
targets outside of Israel and the occupied territories before now.... Bin Laden, in interviews and statements
throughout the 1990s, made it clear the main motivation for his jihad was the
presence of U.S. military bases in Saudi Arabia. A second aim, further down his list, was the
destruction of Israel.... The problem
for al-Qaida is that it has no presence on the West Bank and Gaza. The Palestinians have their own Islamist
groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and they are fixed on ending the Israeli
presence of the West Bank. Nor have
they, for the most part, sought significant alliances outside of Palestinian territory,
either with al-Qaida or, more obviously, Hizbullah."
Jean de Belot wrote in right-of-center Le Figaro
(11/29): "It would be wrong to assume
that the attacks in Mombasa are limited to the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. While they necessarily stem
from that issue, they also confirm, if confirmation were needed, that while the
Middle East feeds international terrorism...the nature, strategy and means of
these latest attacks goes beyond that conflict.
Israel is targeted, but the entire world is threatened.... November 28 needs to be added to the morbid
litany of attacks that began with Sept. 11: Jerba...Yemen...Bali. Thursday's
attacks must also be linked to the series of arrests made these past few days
of individuals with ties to al-Qaida....
One of the questions raised by these attacks concerns the new means used
by terrorists, whether Palestinian or international.... This is the first time such weapons have been
used. Because of the degree of hate
behind the failed attack on the Israeli charter, we are transported back to the
images of the World Trade Center....
These attacks also raise the question of financing and technical support
by countries belonging to the 'axis of evil' and others such as Yemen and Saudi
Arabia.... The war against terrorism
cannot be limited to the war against Iraq....
Iraq is only part of a larger puzzle...and resolving the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict is part of the solution."
Jacques Amalric commented in left-of-center Liberation
(11/29): "Do Thursday's three
anti-Israeli attacks share a common denominator, Palestinian terrorism, as
Sharon believes? While the attack in
Beit Shean is to be added to the long list of Palestinian terrorist attacks, it
is still too early to assign blame in the Mombasa attacks. But many clues point to attacks sponsored by
international Islamic terrorism. First,
the latest anti-Israeli and anti-Semite remarks in the audiotape assigned to
Bin Laden. Second, the location: in that
corner of Africa close to Yemen and Saudi Arabia literally infested with
Islamic terrorists. Yesterday's
synchronized attacks remind one of the attacks on the U.S. embassies in Nairobi
and Dar-es-Salaam in 1998. Finally, as
in Jerba and Bali, here also the victims were tourists, relatively easy targets
who symbolize the infidels."
GERMANY: "Bin Laden's
Rolf Paasch opined in left-of-center Frankfurter Rundschau
(11/30): "The U.S. hyper-power may have
a militarily global reach, but with its attacks in tourist regions, the
terrorist al-Qaida organization is now demonstrating its logistical
capabilities to organize murder everywhere and any time. The message is that there is no place where
people can feel safe, neither in the heart of Manhattan nor at any paradise
beach. Usama bin Laden solely aims at
the clash of cultures. The basis of
al-Qaida remains Islamic resentment....
The timing of this campaign for the 'holy war' has not been selected by
coincidence. The threatening military
intervention in Iraq is the stage which Usama bin Laden wants to use to
increase the number of followers....
Saddam Hussein plus al-Qaida against the United States and Israel--this
is Usama bin Laden's propagandistic scenario.... If a Likud government in Israel, with U.S.
support, reacts to two different conflicts with an anti-terror war, then Osama
bin Laden would have come a step closer to his declared goal: to orchestrate a
clash of cultures."
Left-of-center Frankfurter Rundschau editorialized
(11/30): "Sharon's victory leaves a
bitter aftertaste. The terror on the
inside and the outside, in Israel as well as in Mombasa, has made Sharon's
weaknesses brutally obvious. After coming
to power two years ago promising security, the Israeli premier has nothing left
to offer but military calls for endurance....
The reason that a majority of Likud members voted for Sharon instead of
Netanyahu is simple: The old fox appears
more reliable in times of crisis than the younger right-wing populist.... In light of the extent of his support, Sharon
could try to use his second term to chart a new course toward a peace
agreement.... Nevertheless, the
prospects for a 'new' Sharon are slim.
Anyone who listened to Sharon after his victory had the impression that
he would not let go of the chance to turn all Palestinians into members of
"Strengthening Links to Islamic Masses"
Center-left Sueddeutsche Zeitung of Munich judged
(11/29): "The terrorists succeed in
capturing the conscience of broad masses in the Islamic world with their
religious background and their pseudo-political pathos. The attack against the Israelis in Kenya and
the numerous references to the suffering of the Palestinians in the al-Qaida
communiqués aim at strengthening the links to these masses. In this respect, the West must do something,
too. In this respect, we do not need
military but political means to find an accommodation in the Middle East. Fanatics can be fought successfully, but only
if there are isolated from the masses."
"A New Quality"
Sophie Muehlmann declared in a front-page editorial in
right-of-center Die Welt of Berlin (11/29): "Again an attack in paradise. Again it hit a country that has numerous
Western tourists, but that also has a highly fragile security situation. Following Jerba and Bali, Kenya has now
become the site of a terrorist attack for the second time.... This new form of terrorism is linked and
heavily armed. The missiles that only
narrowly missed the Israeli aircraft are likely to come from U.S. military
depots and were procured through unknown channels in Somalia and
Afghanistan. They are left-over burdens
form past conflicts that are threatening us all today."
Leftist die tageszeitung of Berlin opined (11/29): "The anachronism in military thinking has
never become as obvious as today.... In
view of the slain tourists in Mombasa, the debate about athe alleged
protection, that anti-missile weapons and tanks are supposed to guarantee to
Israeli citizens, sounds absurd. In real
life, the citizens of the militarily most powerful nations are exposed to
attacks from loosely linked violent groups, while in the unreal world of the
military planners, people continue to dream of the protective hull of the
community of nations."
ITALY: "The Daily
Leading Middle East analyst Igor Man noted on the front page of
centrist, influential La Stampa (11/29):
"Even the most careful vigilance is no longer enough against this
kind of terrorism. Unpredictability
prevails over prevention. Or, to say it
more precisely, the distorted intelligence of the terrorists, morally
subjugated by cynical guys, pre-empts all possible intelligence
strategies.... Yet it would be incorrect
to blame the massacre at the Paradise hotel on the criminal organization
created by Usama bin Laden way back (when the Russians were still in
Afghanistan and the Sheikh of Death was helping the United States to fight
them).... There is no 'coordinated
strategy' at the present time, and one reason for that is that Usama, or his
deputies...are kaput.... Bali, and, in a
way, Mombasa, reinforce the thesis of 'contagious terrorism' or 'attacks
prompted by a desire to imitate.'"
"Firmness Without Hypocrisy"
Centrist, top-circulation Corriere della Sera carried a
front-page article by Piero Ostellino stating (11/29): "Does anyone out there still have any
doubts on the intention of Islamic fundamentalists to kill as many Jews as
possible and to make Israel disappear?
If anyone still links the endless stream of terrorist attacks in the
world--always carried out by Islamic terrorists--to a hypothetical Western
imperialism towards Islam, he should speak up.
But then (that person) should also try to explain what it means to go
into a kibbutz in Galilee and kill an Israeli woman and her children with the
demand--whose legitimacy no one can deny--to create a Palestinian state."
Bombers Reach Kenya"
Natalia Babasyan and Georgy Stepanov reported for reformist Izvestia
(11/29): "A bomb planted in a jeep
went off near Paradise hotel in the Kenyan city of Mombasa...and a couple of
minutes later terrorists fired ground-to-air missiles at a Boeing-757 belonging
to the Israeli company Arkia with passengers on board. Twelve people, including
three Israelis, died in the lobby of Paradise hotel and 80 people were
injured. This is the most powerful
strike by international Islamic terrorists since the October attack in Bali.... Al-Qaida (this is obviously its hand)
reminded the world of its existence: on a tropical holiday resort in a place
which until yesterday was not associated with war or terrorism, just like the
island of Bali until October 12."
BELGIUM: "Clash Of
Foreign editor Gerald Papy observed in independent La Libre
Belgique (11/29): "The final
objective of Usama bin Laden is the 'clash of civilizations' from which he is
convinced that Islam will come out as the winner. Exacerbating tensions between the West and
the Muslim world is his strategy. The
West cannot take up this challenge by fighting against terrorist networks
only. It is a much broader action that
must be undertaken if we want to neutralize the increasing threat of violent
Islamism. Moderate Muslims must stand up
against acts that are playing against themselves. The West must get down to ease the sufferings
and the injustice resulting from the Palestinian and Iraqi questions in another
way than by adding violence to violence."
"Drain The Extremists' Breeding Ground"
Evita Neefs commented in independent Christian-Democrat De
Standaard (11/29): "With each
attack, the fear increases in the West.
But the need to begin a dialogue with the Muslim world also increases
with each attack. Part of the Islamic
community is in conflict with the West.
This conflict cannot be lastingly solved with preventive strikes, as
some in the U.S. Administration seem to think.
On the contrary, the West must learn to listen to the Muslims.... This week in the New York Times,
Salman Rushdie wrote that 'The Islamic world today is being held prisoner, not
by Western but by Islamic captors, who are fighting to keep the world
closed.' But the West is leaving corrupt
and authoritarian regimes in the Muslim world in place for its own strategic
and economic interests. Oil is currently
the most important wealth of the Muslim world, but this wealth is being pumped
away by Western companies. The biggest
robbery of history, according to bin Laden."
Influential independent NRC Handelsblad
editorialized (12/2): "Terrorists
resurrected an old method and that is reason to fear the worst. They tried to down a civilian airplane with
mobile heat-seeking missiles.... This
marked an important moment: the mobile missiles, relatively cheap, easy to
relocate, and easy to operate...the ideal weapon for terrorists is back from
the shelves.... The response to this
should be better, more finely tuned cooperation in the fight against terrorism. It is regrettable that the U.S. shifted its
focus from this aspect to the upcoming war on Iraq.... The response should also be in increased
alertness, protection of tourist sites....
After the post-9/11 measures, the civil aviation industry will now have
to re-evaluate its safety. They need to
consider whether its' planes should be equipped with anti-missile
systems.... But all of these are just
measures to tackle the symptoms and they do not remove the cause of
terrorism. The more attacks the more
urgent it is to do something about the cause of terrorism."
Terrorists As Stage Managers"
In the social democratic Dagsavisen
(12/3) Foreign Affairs Editor Erik Sagflaat commented: "While Israel swears revenge after the
terror attacks in Kenya, it is warned about the danger of new attacks. The terrorists are managing the stage and are
on the offensive. In the West we react
with limitations on our own freedom and our human rights.... We can only win by maintaining that the
principles of democracy and the constitutional state are unalterable, and in
the long run will show themselves to be the strongest.... But winning the war requires endurance. A war against Iraq will derail and undermine
the global fight against terrorism."
"They Won't Make A Mistake Next Time"
Leopold Unger wrote in liberal Gazeta
Wyborcza (12/3): "This time
they botched it, and 261 passengers of the Israeli Boeing 757 survived. Not only the terrorists botched the job. So did the CIA and Mossad, the most powerful
antiterrorist forces worldwide. The attacks
were possible to predict and avoid....
The political victims of the attacks in Mombasa are the
Palestinians. The two 'intifadas' were
to design and maintain the conflict with Israel in nationalistic terms
only. If al-Qaida conducted the attacks,
then by attacking Israel outside its border and outside Palestine it took over
the 'intifadas' and imposed on them the characteristics of its own war--a
global, terrorist, religious war, directed not against Jews but against the
infidels as a whole. It is the bin Laden
pattern, something that Yasser Arafat would like to avoid at any price."
"The War On Terror Continues"
Bronislaw Wildstein wrote in centrist Rzeczpospolita
(11/29): "The way the attacks in Kenya
were conducted...suggests that some well-prepared organization was behind
them. Even though there is no evidence,
some point to al-Qaida, which has already become a mythical embodiment of all
anti-West attitudes in the Muslim world....
If the U.S. manages to restrain countries that support terrorism, such
attacks will be substantially limited.
One, however, should have no illusion that they will be eliminated in a
"Al Qaeda Reappears In Kenya"
Conservative La Razon stated (11/29): "The President of the United States is
completely right when he says that we find ourselves faced with a war that
promises to be longer and of a different nature, and with the whole world as an
unlimited battlefield.... The Spanish as
well as the rest of the EU can keep living without having to think we are at
war. But it is better to understand
quite clearly that the terrorists of the al-Qaida network can force us on any
given day to open our eyes in a tragic awakening."
"Al-Qaida Missiles Against Israel"
Conservative ABC editorialized (11/29): "Arab and Muslim countries in
general...should become aware that a few hundreds of fanatics...are able to
provoke the anger of Israel or Washington and destabilize whole regions.... They are simply seeking a fight between
civilizations.... The Palestinian
movement itself should try with determination to control the uncontrolled at
this delicate moment of hypersensitivity towards terror. It would be a disaster...for their fair cause
to end up being identified, without nuance, with the diffuse international
"Israel Depends On U.S. In Fighting International Terror"
Intelligence affairs reporter Yossi Melman wrote in independent Ha'aretz
(12/2): "The CIA...and to some
extent the British MI-6, have viewed international terrorism as a challenge and
a threat. They have acted
accordingly.... But the 9/11 events have
forced Israel's intelligence community...to throw the spotlight on this new
threat, which it calls 'Islamic Jihad'....
The terror offensive in Kenya has sharpened this conclusion. But the new threat faces a reality of limited
abilities on the Israeli side. Years of
neglect have made the CIA possess better databases on al-Qaida and its
offshoots than the Mossad and IDF Intelligence.
This is the reason why the Israeli intelligence agent has to rely more
on his American counterpart to get information, analyses and assessments. Israel's infinite ability in recruiting
agents and using technology is limited to the Middle East. It will be a long time until Israel expands
and develops those capabilities. But
Israel has one important edge: the targeted assassinations in the territories,
which the international media impute to Israel.
That experience, which the CIA has already begun to adopt, is
"A Declaration Of War On The West"
Defense commentator Reuven Pedhazur opined in independent Ha'aretz
(12/2): "Radical Islamic terrorism
has declared a world war on Western culture, and the West must fight
back.... Civil aviation is the prominent
manifestation of the West which al-Qaida, al-Ittihad and their like want to
smash.... One should hope that the
terrorist act in Kenya will arouse the Western states. As al-Qaida's attack on September 11, 2001
made Americans recognize the danger of world terrorism, the Mombasa attack
should wake up the states which have not yet internalized the need to join this
important war against those who are out to get them.... The war on Islamic terrorist organizations
must be waged on two parallel tracks--against the organizations themselves and
against the states helping them. These
states must be treated more harshly than the states equipping themselves with
chemical or biological weapons. The threat
of Islamic terror must be defined as more dangerous than weapons of mass
destruction. A state in which terror
cells act and which does not try to liquidate them will be defined as an enemy. It will be a tough, long and frustrating war,
but an inevitable one."
Defense analyst Alex Fishman wrote in mass circulation, pluralist Yediot
Aharonot (11/29): "Instead of
marking out a path, we were given a pep talk to the nation from Sharon and
Mofaz [in their press conference].
Instead of a plan, we received a flying armada of five aircraft,
carrying medical, security, rescue personnel and the like--leaving for Kenya in
order to ease the conscience.... This is
the proper Israeli response to the deteriorating security situation. After two and a half years of murderous basic
training, the last thing this people needs are pep talks and leadership maneuvers
by the 'training staff.'... al-Qaida and
its offshoots are in a process of awakening and rehabilitation. What happened yesterday in Kenya was only the
beginning of a wave of terror that has already struck in Bali, Singapore,
Yemen.... al-Qaida also has
infrastructure in Europe and in the U.S.
However, in these countries, there is heavy pressure on it from the
regimes, and it is easier for it, as of now, to produce terror attacks in Third
World countries.... At last, finally, we
too have noticed that Al-Qaida is recovering."
"Victory Soured With Blood"
Senior analyst Hemi Shalev opined in popular, pluralist Maariv
(11/29): "Israel stood yesterday
only a few meters away from the mega-terror attack, a stride away from the most
severe act of terror in the country's history.... What was to be the greatest political day in
PM Ariel Sharon's life became colorless, nearly tasteless. The victory celebrations became sour with the
blood of the victims, from Mombasa to Beit Shean.... The deadly terror attacks only emphasized the
huge gap between Sharon's power in the internal political arena and his poor
performance in fulfilling his main promise, the halting of terror.... As though we did not have enough troubles
with home-grown Palestinian murderers, we are in the sights of
al-Qaida.... From a diplomatic
standpoint, the terror attacks in Kenya will actually strengthen Israel's
position, especially in Washington, which will be even more understanding from
now on in its approach to economic aid for Israel. On the other hand, al-Qaida is an
organization with many horrific proven achievements, and logic tells us that
they may not have succeeded this time, but they will continue trying."
Defense commentator Amit Cohen noted in popular, pluralist Maariv
(11/29): "The Kenya terror attack,
which continues al-Qaida's wave of terror, is the unequivocal proof that the
'war on terror' hasn't hurt the organization.... These shows of terror arouse enthusiasm among
bin Laden's supporters all over the world.
It is one of al-Qaida's main goals.
The great satan is not so great, claims bin Laden. It is vulnerable.... And that's why the small satan, Israel, is
also not all mighty.... When the only
super power in the world invests all its resources...it's hard to imagine what
Israel can do in order to deal with the threat al-Qaida poses abroad. Nevertheless it is important to remember that
bin Laden started by attacking American objectives around the world and only
then moved to attack inside the U.S.
Israel, one should say, should prepare itself to a similar pattern,
otherwise it might be surprised in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem."
WEST BANK: "Palestinians
Must Utilize Israeli Elections"
The independent Palestinian English-language weekly Jerusalem Times
editorialized (11/29): "The current
right-wing government under Ariel Sharon has decided to intensify its military
campaign against the Palestinians to show its people that it is acting to bring
them security by crushing the Palestinians.
As elections in Israel approach...the anti-Palestinian attitude becomes
more intense and visible.... The
Palestinians need to show more foresight in the next few weeks. Today, there is a peace camp in Israel that
is trying to come to life again. The
Labor Party has elected a leader who seems to be more pragmatic and
understanding than the old guard who continue to live old worn-out Zionist
theories. To win the elections, Sharon
is betting on the Palestinians' [reaction to Israeli military operations] and
therefore he is expected to intensify his military campaign in the West Bank
and Gaza in the coming two months. Are
the Palestinians going to give him this satisfaction?"
EGYPT: "New Lesson For
Leading pro-government Al Ahram
editorialized (11/30): "The attacks on
Israeli interests in Kenya and inside Israel confirmed the importance of
Egypt's warnings that maintaining the Palestinian problem unsolved will not
help achieve peace and stability in the Middle East and other related regions. Whoever the perpetrators are...it is clear
that targeting Israeli interests is a reaction to the crimes committed by the
Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians fighting for
liberation.... Reelecting Sharon as a leader
of the Likud does not invite optimism about stability in the region because of
his bloody policy.... Solving the ME
problem is an important element in the efforts to fight terrorism."
"When Will Israel Learn The Lesson?"
Pro-government Al Gomhouriya noted
(11/30): "Israel received three painful
blows in one day.... These attacks
confirm one salient truth that violence can only reap violence and Israel's
excess use of force, assassination, coercion, torture and destroying houses can
only ignite anger, desperation and a desire for revenge in hearts. Sharon might realize this after he won the
Likud leadership.... He alone can stop
the bloodbath by returning to negotiations and peace."
"Operations Bore Fingerprints Of Al-Qaida"
Sateh Noureddine wrote in Arab nationalist As-Safir
(11/29): "If it is proven that
al-Qaida is the organization which implemented the two operations in Kenya
yesterday, then such proof would become a turning point in the ongoing
terrorist war all over the world.... It
is unlikely that those two operations were implemented by any Palestinian or
Islamic faction.... The place and the
timing of these two operations carry the fingerprints of al-Qaida.... As for the two Israeli targets...it appears
that al-Qaida has discovered that Israel, like the United States, is equally
dangerous to Arabs and Muslims....
Obviously, it is still premature to conclude that al-Qaida has modified
its agenda...unless operations are repeated against Israeli targets."
"The Formula--Violence Creates Violence"
Aouni Al-Kaaki observed in pro-Syria Ash-Sharq
(11/29): "Notwithstanding the
ongoing debate over the Hotel operation in Kenya...Americans do not want to be
convinced that not finding a solution to the Palestinian problem will lead
directly to violence and counter violence.
Following September 11, the Americans launched a war on terrorism,
insisting on not making a distinction between terrorism in the criminal sense
and the right of nations to liberate their land.... Resistance is a human right that was
acknowledged in the United Nations and ratified by international law. If there are differences over the manner and
nature of this resistance, then perhaps reasons for choosing this form of
resistance should be explored...the United States should realize that violence
only brings additional violence, and that there is no solution except by
implementing the formula of land for peace."
QATAR: "The Hate
The semi-independent English-language Gulf Times commented
(12/2): "Who was behind the latest
terrorist attack in Kenya? Of course,
al-Qaida and bin Laden. Who was behind
the Bali bombings? Who else but al-Qaida
and bin Laden. Who was behind the
September 11 attacks? Who doesn't
know.... Predictable questions begetting
predictable answers? Crime-busting has
never been this easy. And who has done
this, this incredible job of lightening the investigative burden of the world's
smartest brains working for the CIA, Mossad, the MI5 and what have you? Search no further than al-Qaida. Yes, that's
what the world's worst terrorist organization has done for the civilized world,
led by the U.S. President George Bush, currently waging a war on terror (and
Iraq and the Palestinians by helping Israel).
It has made the war that much easier by becoming the villain of not just
one piece, but also all the pieces of terror.
Actually, these guys must be getting a 'thank you' note from the bosses
of all the Intelligence networks for not spoiling their weekends and vacations. All that they need to do now is to get hold
of an Arab-looking guy or guys, or just any Muslim and put him on the screen
and the rest will follow! The attacks
are out of hatred towards the U.S.-Israel policies in the region."
Jeddah's moderate, English-language Saudi Gazette pointed
out (12/1): "Ariel Sharon is the
main beneficiary of the terror attack in Mombassa, Kenya. There appears to be a mysterious correlation between such criminal activity and the
immediate political or strategic gains bagged by Israel or its leaders. The mystery has never been addressed or
unraveled, as people fatigued by the media onslaught, are apparently little
interested in analyzing things that they find already analyzed for them by
experts having their own agendas."
"Lessons From Mombassa"
Jeddah's conservative Al-Madina editorialized (12/1): "The Mombassa (terrorist) operation proved
once again the failure of Sharon and his criminal approach. It also exposed a conventional mistake now
prevailing among many Israelis...that Sharon can now impose a settlement on the
Palestinians that ends their demand for their legitimate rights.... The operation also proved that there will be
no stability in the world unless this issue is addressed according to
legitimate international resolutions and principles of justice and human
SYRIA: "Why This
Government-owned Tishreen said (12/1): "The United States is well aware that
Israel lies behind all catastrophes in the region, and that supporting it will
increase the dangers instead of removing them.
Supporting Israel means supporting its occupation of Arab territories
and enabling it to carry out its expansionist Zionist plans. So how can one
believe that the American administration wants the good of the region? The United States which makes the loudest
noises over mere allegations of breaches of international law, is the same one
that provides aid and support to Israel the aggressor and killer of children
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES:
"Look At The Motives"
Commenting on the latest suicide bombing in Israel, Al Bayan
editorialized (11/30): "Those who
rush to condemn such sacrificing attacks must honestly ask themselves what are
the motives behind those attacks. The
answer will be that the direct motives are Israeli occupation crimes and
practices. These attacks will never stop
until injustice is lifted from the Palestinian people.... Israeli leaders must determine their stances
and choices. At the same time, they must
realize they must pay a price for their crimes and aggression similar to what
the Palestinians pay."
CHINA (HONG KONG & MACAU SAR):
"New Pattern For Global Terrorist Activities"
The pro-PRC Chinese-language Macau Daily News
remarked (12/3): "All the evidence
shows that the real planner of the November 28 attacks is bin Laden's terrorist
group, 'al-Qaida.' It chose to attack
the Israeli tourist 'Paradise Hotel' and the Israeli airliner because it wanted
to air its hatred of the U.S. In
addition, it also wanted to draw in Palestinians and cooperate with those
Palestinian extremists who have always used suicide bombings to attack
Israelis.... From 1998 to 2002, just
five years' time, global terrorism has gone through huge changes. It went from attacking U.S. overseas
facilities to directly attacking the U.S. homeland; from destroying major
military, political and economic facilities to bombing tourist areas and
cultural venues; and from killing Americans to killing Israelis as well as
civilians in Southeast Asia. The areas
of terrorist activity seem to be expanding as well. The Bali bombing told the world that
Southeast Asia has become a new venue for terrorism. The tragedy at the Paradise Hotel in Mombasa
showed that Africa has once again become an important base for terrorist
groups. The November 28 missile attack
on the airliner indicated that global terrorist attacks have adopted a new
"Terrorist Attacks Declare War On Civilians"
Independent Chinese-language Apple Daily News commented
(11/30): "Because this war has been
launched by terrorist organizations, it does not follow common practices nor
basic principles. The international
community can no longer use a conventional war mentality to wage war against
terrorism. Moreover, the international
community can no longer rely on superior weapons, advanced technology or the
world's best military troops because the terrorists are targeting defenseless
civilians. The most effective strategy
is to isolate and enclose terrorist organizations politically, economically and
militarily to prevent them from obtaining financial support or weapons of mass
destruction, or from changing bases. To
achieve these targets, the international community doesn't need superior
military power; it needs cooperation. Only
by sharing information, working together to prevent arms deals on the black
market, and working to prevent money laundering can the activities of terrorist
organizations be crippled, minimizing attacks on innocent civilians. We hope that the international community,
especially the U.S., will not lessen cooperation on counter-terrorism because
of disagreement over Iraq."
"Terrorist Attacks Expand; A Dangerous Signal"
Pro-PRC Chinese-language Macau Daily News remarked
(11/30): "People worry that the
blast at the Israeli-owned Kenyan hotel and the attempted attack on the Israeli
airliner will give Israel an excuse to adopt a high-pressure retaliatory
policy. Apart from suspecting al-Qaida,
hawkish Israeli officials are also turning their spears on the Palestinians.... From another angle, if Israel were drawn into
the incident, al-Qaida might accelerate the process of dividing Muslims,
Christians and Jews, possibly leading to different religious clashes and
further complicating the international situation. The attempted missile attack on the airliner
indicates that terrorist organizations have military weapons, posing a great
threat to the airlines. The impact of
these latest incidents in Kenya is the same as Bali bombing: Dealing another blow to the international
"Fires Of Terrorism Are Raging"
Hong Kong's independent Chinese-language Sing Pao Daily News
remarked (11/29): "International
terrorism is on the rise. Since bin
Laden launched the September 11 attacks one year ago, global Islamic terrorist
organizations have taken more action.
Some startling examples: an
Israeli airliner nearly hit by a missile; the Kenya hotel blast; foreign
consulates in the Philippines closed for fear of terrorist attacks. Since the recent bin Laden tape was judged to
be authentic, terrorism does not seem to be on the wane. On the contrary, the acts are becoming more
audacious. The targets are no longer
restricted to Europe and the U.S.; they are targeting the entire world.... Originally, bin Laden and al Qaida were
active in Afghanistan and Pakistan in plots against the U.S. After September 11, however, bin Laden called
on all Muslims to join together.
Although not yet united, many of the groups were 'moved' by bin Laden's
actions, and his remaining confederates are scattered all over in a
well-developed network. The U.S. is in
the spotlight, while the terrorists remain hidden in the dark. Terrorists use the strategy of
"encircling the city with villages," treating the Third World and the
Middle East as villages and the U.S. and Britain as cities. The U.S. therefore did not gain the upper
hand in its counter-terrorism efforts, which cannot rely only on military
techniques. Information and intelligence
are very important."
JAPAN: "Kenya Bombing
Designed To Foil U.S.-led War On Terror?"
Liberal Asahi's Amman correspondent observed (11/29): "Usama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist
group is suspected of having been involved in Thursday's terrorist bombing of
an Israeli-run hotel in Kenya, killing 15 people, and the firing of missiles at
an Israeli Arkia airliner carrying 261 passengers. The situation in the Middle East, including
Iraq and Israel-Palestinian relations, is likely to take a rapid turn for the
"Bombing Deals A Blow To U.S. Campaign Against Iraq"
Conservative Sankei's Washington correspondent opined
(11/29): "Thursday's terrorist
bombing of an Israeli-run Kenya hotel and the firing of missiles at an Israeli
airliner are likely to deepen Arab-Israel confrontation, making it more
difficult for the U.S. to get Arab support for its possible military action
"Terrorism Must Be Eradicated"
Top-circulation, moderate Yomiuri editorialized
(11/30): "Thursday's suicide
bombing in Kenya serves as yet another reminder of the spread of international
terrorism. Israelis were the targets of
the suicide bombing. Within minutes of
the hotel bombing, two missiles were fired at an Israeli jetliner taking
off. The missiles narrowly missed the
plane. As there is a suspicion that
Usama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist group was involved in the attacks, we must
realize anew that the threat of terrorism continues to exist. The United States is keeping a close eye on
African nations bordering the Indian Ocean, including Kenya, Somalia and
Yemen. These nations have long provided
a foothold for Muslim extremists.
Terrorists must not be allowed a free hand. The international community must present a
stronger united front against terrorists and exterminate these outlaws."
INDONESIA: "How Terrifying
That Terrorists Begin To Use Missiles"
Leading Independent Kompas (11/30)
commented: "Terrorists can easily move
from one place to another, from one country to another. Terrorists move very fast and swiftly, and
intelligently so that security authorities everywhere are often caught off
guard. Therefore, a clear commitment to
fighting terrorism is badly needed."
"Now The Target Is Israel"
Independent Calcutta-based Bengali-language Ananda
Bazar Patrika stated (11/30):
"One thing is clear. The inevitability of combating terrorism by
forming an international forum is gradually being perceptible. The Bush administration had only embarked on
the field war against Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan. But Taliban is not the only breeding ground
of Islamic terrorism. Therefore, despite
overthrowing the Taliban from Afghanistan, al-Qaida terrorists blow up hotels,
occupied by Western tourists in Indonesia, attack an Israeli hotel in Mombasa
with car bombs. Some say, there would be
no respite from Islamic terrorists in the Arab world as long as the Palestinian
problems remain unresolved. But will
this terrorist violence cease even if the Palestinian crisis gets settled? It seems destined not to happen. Muslim terrorists would then launch attacks
on another pretext.... Terrorism never confronts directly. No powerful nation on the earth can defeat
terrorism militarily unless and until the latter is hated and banished by the
"Rising Flames Of Resistance Against Israel"
Karachi-based Urdu-language pro-jihad Islam
wrote (12/1): "All these incidents
are demonstrations of the poor and helpless Palestinians' extreme reaction to
unprecedented Israeli atrocities in Palestine. The flames of the Palestinian
resistance have now spilled out of Israel and some observers are calling the
latest attacks in Kenya the beginning of an international guerilla war against
Israel by the Palestinians. In fact, by
snatching the Palestinians' right to live, Israel has forced them to implement
the philosophy 'die after killing the enemies.'
In spite of the opposition by the Islamic world and international
community, the U.S. is bent upon supporting Israel and there is nobody who
could get the Palestinians their right to live in peace on their own land. As a result, the hatred against the U.S. and
Israel is on the rise and the lava of this hatred is flowing out in the form of
suicide bombings. It is in the interest
of the U.S. and Israel to stop committing atrocities against the Palestinians
and grant them the right to live on their own land. The tyrannical states cannot last long. If the U.S. and Israel do not stop committing
atrocities against the Muslims, they will be erased from the face of the
"Terrorism: Why Black Bodies
Dagi Kimani the health correspondent for the
independent, intellectual weekly with regional distribution East African wrote (12/9-15):
"Soon after the Mombasa terror attack, a major American news
agency, Associated Press, flashed around the world pictures of the half-naked
corpses of African dancers lying in the debris of the Paradise Hotel.... The deaths due to the terror bombing were, of
course, a horrifying tragedy.... Not one
picture of the Israeli victims was carried by the news agency. The inevitable conclusion is that while the
news agency found it repulsive to circulate pictures of dead whites, it didn't
have the same compulsion about those who died who were black... The whole bias in this issue is graphically
illustrated by the fact that one year ago, when the self-same Usama bin Laden
converted passenger airliners into guided missiles and killed thousands in New
York, the Western media did not carry one picture of a dead New Yorker.... The reason then, and now, used to justify the
censorship was that the widespread circulation of images of thousands of dead
and dying Americans would so traumatize America as to give Osama a
psychological win he did not deserve.
Why, pray, didn't these same considerations apply when the same
terrorist bombed Mombasa? More specifically, if pictures of broken, dead and
nude New Yorkers are unprintable, why are those of broken, dead and nude
"Defining Allies Through Enemies' Eyes"
Peter Wanbali a development worker and
journalist wrote in the independent left-of-center Nation (12/4): "Last week's horrendous double terrorist
strike at the Coast--with a near-miss that would have been vastly more
destructive--should place the issue of security right at the center of the
presidential campaign. But it will
not. For few of those seeking to lead
this country have a competent grasp of the security dynamic to summon a
convincing strategy to deal with it....
Kenyans have repeatedly been told that their greatest attribute is their
peace in the middle of constant turbulence.
Mr. Moi claims that his greatest contribution to this country has been
its relative peace over the years. This
is all a fallacy. As the cliché goes,
absence of war does not necessarily mean peace.
Internally, for instance, the reality has been anything but
peaceful...He knows, as should anyone who cares, that there is nothing like
absolute security. Mighty America thought it was infalliable. That arrogance has been for ever
shattered. What Kenyans expect is the
highest possible level of preparedness from the security services to ensure
that at the very least, these terrorists don't walk in and out as if they own a
piece of the country."
"Why Terror Won't Succeed"
The leading, independent Daily Nation editorialized
(11/29): "Yet again, mindless
terrorism has struck within our borders.
Innocent people have been killed and maimed. Many of them have absolutely no connection to
the conflicts that drive a small group of people to wreak terror and
destruction on the world. Except as a
responsible member of the comity of nations, Kenya certainly has no direct
connection to conflicts wherever the germs of international terror may
breed.... The way we will answer them is
to stiffen our resolve as a nation to stand firm against all forms of
terrorism. We may not subscribe to the
so-called war against terror as waged by some states, who may employ it as an
excuse to pursue their own geopolitical goals.
But we have become a victim of terrorists and must react
appropriately. What those who wage
terror must be made to realise is that they cause infinite harm to the
political cause they wish to pursue.
War, as a means of liberation struggle has its space and time. But what we have been seeing and, indeed,
been subjected to is mad and mindless terrorism--terror for the sake of
terror. The way we will answer them is
to stiffen our resolve as a nation to stand firm against all forms of
"Agents Of Terror Return To Kenya"
The independent East African Standard opined (11/29): "Terrorism has returned to Kenya four
years after Middle East militants dragged East Africans into the Arab-Israeli
conflict. Although no one has claimed responsibility
for yesterday's bomb blast in Mombasa, in which at least 12 people were killed
and more than 50 hospitalised, the tragedy is consistent with the recent terror
trends across the world. With a plane
and a tourist paradise on fire, terrorists who are yet to identify themselves,
had wanted to show that they are around and, if their international hunter the
United States wants, they are invincible.
Coming after a notice that the search for terrorists was extending to
Kenya, this must be a slap on the face of the U.S. and Kenya. Once again terrorists have hit at a soft
spot. This was the message terrorists
who were traced to the al Qaida and the Usama bin Laden network sent when they
hit the U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam."
"Is Africa Being Drawn Into The Terror Game?
Kofi Akordor wrote (12/7) in The Mirror,
a state-owned Saturday weekly with national circulation: "Africa has enough problems to contend
with.... And now it appears a new front
has been opened in Africa's continuous battle for survival--terrorist
attacks.... This brings to the fore the
method being used by America and Israel to confront terror. Using terror to fight terror may not be the
best proposition.... The best approach
to fighting terror is therefore removing the conditions that provoke
terror. As the Kenyan official said,
'for as long as they do not resolve the Palestinian question, the attacks won't
MADAGASCAR: "But, Talk
About Us To George W.!"
Reacting to the name given to a new Muslim
restaurant called Al Jazeera in Antananarivo, L'Express columnist Nasolo
Valiavo Andriamihaja opined (12/4):
"Does this Arab word ring a bell for you?.... Doesn't it remind you of the name of a Qatar
news network, which has become famous over the world because of its exclusives
from bin Laden and al-Qaida? That we
build diplomatic relations with Israel, why not, but if the Hebrew state
decided to choose Antananarivo to host its interests in this region of the
world, aren't we going to be the targets of terrorist attacks like the one from
which suffered successively Mombassa, Nairobi or Dar Es Salaam? I don't know whether, blunted by the
conspicuous vanity of the electoral campaign, the attention of the local
correspondent of the CIA was not drawn by these seemingly innocent ads (which
appeared on 11 30 02 in a daily newspaper to advertise the opening of the new
restaurant). Of course, if the owners of
this Muslim restaurant have nothing to do with its media homonym, they could,
at the least, be more careful not to create confusion. As to believe that they never read
newspapers, nor listen to radio broadcasts or watch television, this naivete
would not convince the commanders of the Axis of Good, who pushed the security
frontier of America to the front door of each household of the global
village. So, if George W. Bush knocks at
the door of #1677 of North 67HA, it is
up to the Muslim chef to conquer the palate of the new Judeo-Christianity's
Ayatollah: 'Have a Nice Meal, George W.!'"
"Terror On African soil"
The liberal Star commented (12/2): "The horror of what happened in
Kenya...must be condemned. There can
never be justification for this kind of violence and for blatantly targeting
civilians.... President Bush's war on
terrorism was supposed to obliterate al-Qaida, again thought to be the
perpetrator.... But has the assault
brought safety and security to the world?
Having struck at the financial and administrative heartland of the
United States...the terrorists now seem to be opting for even softer
targets.... Does this mean there are no
longer any safe tourist destinations?
Africa, too, will have fresh concerns about its place in the world. It has known terrorism, but it has largely
been localized. Now, for the second
time, East Africa has been the target for international terrorism.... Terrorism solves nothing; it merely fuels the
cycle of violence."
"An Evil Option"
The leftist Cape Times noted (11/29): "In the absence of anybody claiming
responsibility, it seems pretty obvious that the terrorists who struck near
Mombasa yesterday were hoping to kill Israelis.
Most of those who died, however, were Kenyans.... And therein lies the evil of the type of
terrorism that is gaining purchase across the globe: It is, by definition, indiscriminate and thus
totally out of proportion with any objective.... When does justifiable action cross the line
into terrorism? We would suggest that it
does so when it deliberately targets those who might be innocent.... And too often states are themselves guilty of
UGANDA: "Let's All Be
An editorial in the independent Monitor opined
(11/29): "Suicide bombers yesterday
killed at least ten people in an attack on Paradise Hotel in the Kenyan coastal
town of Mombasa.... Both Kenya and
Israel have blamed the al Qaida terrorist network of Usama bin Laden. This is
the second serious terrorist attack on Kenyan soil. In 1998, U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es
Salaam, Tanzania were simultaneously attacked. As we write, Uganda has not been
attacked. However, as Israeli Foreign
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said of the missile attack: Today, they are firing the missiles at Israeli
planes, tomorrow they will fire missiles at American planes, British planes, and
every country's aircraft. Therefore, there can be
no compromise with terror. Both Uganda's
security organisations and wananchi [ordinary citizens] need to take the threat
of a terrorist attack seriously.... We
must recall the anti-terror campaign that was mounted soon after several
bombings in the city. This may not be
the time for a campaign of such intensity but everybody needs to be reminded to
be vigilant. More importantly, however,
we need to rejuvenate the emergency response systems and organisations. An eyewitness of the Mombasa attack is quoted to
have said that the people were screaming for water, but there was no bottled
water and the tap water is undrinkable.
There were also no medical personnel.
At the same time, a special charter jet packed with doctors and
investigators took off from Israel and headed for Mombasa. The Israelis have learnt from years of
battling terror that quick reaction saves lives. We need to be prepared."
ZAMBIA: "Africa Has
Suffered At The Hands Of Outsiders"
The government-owned Sunday Times of Zambia published an editorial stating (12/1): "Africa has suffered many things at the
hands of many outsiders.... While this
was not the first bombing on Kenyan soil, it will have an impact totally
different from that of the American Embassy in Nairobi. Other than the unwarranted death of Kenyan
and Israeli civilians, there is bound to be a significant negative impact on
Kenya's tourism and, thereby, its economy....
This is suffering that Kenya and other African countries can be
spared. Today, it is Kenya, tomorrow the
bombs could rain anywhere else in Africa.
It appears that as developed countries reinforce their surveillance and
security measures, terrorists of all descriptions will increasingly see poor
countries as the soft underbelly of the international community. Over the years, there has been no ambiguity
about the position of African countries in the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. Africans have long had
sympathy for the Palestinian cause. Many
of them must now be finding it very difficult to maintain full support for the
Palestinian cause. Exporting the Middle
East conflict to Africa in this fashion will not do the Palestinians much
ZIMBABWE: "World Must
The government-controlled Chronicle (11/30) called for a
united front against terrorism:
"Terrorism whatever its motive is unacceptable.... On Thursday suicide bombers blew up a hotel
full of Israelis in Kenya killing 14 people minutes after missiles narrowly
missed an Israeli airliner taking off nearby.
The attacks appear to have been well orchestrated and synchronized by
the forces of evil. Although a group
that calls itself 'Army of Palestine' sent a claim of responsibility, Israel
and Kenyan authorities reportedly blamed the al-Qaida network largely accused
of the 11 September 2001 bombings in the United States for the attack. It is however our hope that the authorities
will institute thorough investigations into this matter and bring those behind
the heinous act to book. We are
basically saying no to terrorism regardless of where it is happening in the
global village. Terrorists have to be
tracked down and killed as banditry of any nature causes unnecessary human
suffering and retards development. A
united front against terrorism has to be forged if the cancer is to be nipped
in the bud. World leaders should desist
from harboring terrorists groups in their countries as this helps them to
flourish and spread their tentacles.
While this ugly incident was taking place in Kenya another bomb was
exploding in South Africa at the Mtamvuma Bridge.... These terrorist activities have left many
people in the sub-region who watched the movie-style attack on the United
States unsettled. It is now clear that
all of us are vulnerable to attack by terrorists and should thus prepare for
Glimmers Of Mideast Hope"
Foreign affairs columnist Marcus Gee wrote in the leading Globe
and Mail (11/29): "Searching
for hopeful signs in the Middle East these days is like searching for truffles
in the permafrost. Yesterday's terror
attacks on Israeli targets will only deepen the reigning pessimism. Yet, from time to time, truffles can be
found.... The first heralded PM Ariel
Sharon's impending win over the even more hawkish Benjamin Netanyahu in the
contest to lead the right-wing Likud party....
A vote for Mr. Sharon can hardly be called a vote for peace, or even for
renewed dialogue. But it is at least a
vote against abandoning the hope of peace, and that is a truffle worth
saving. The second truffle comes from
the Palestinian side, and it is to be prized even more. Mahmoud Abbas is one of the most senior
figures in the Palestinian leadership. Like other Palestinian leaders, he has
backed the intifada as a natural and justifiable reaction to the harsh Israeli
occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Now he says it was all a big mistake....
None of this means that the intifada is about to end. Terrorist groups
such as Hamas seem determined to continue their attacks and a dismaying number
of Palestinians--80 per cent in one recent poll--say the uprising should go
on. But it is at least a sign that the
futility of the uprising is sinking in among those who hold power."
"A New Challenge"
Right-of-center O Globo opined
(12/4): "Usama bin Laden, they say
is alive. There's no doubt the al-Qaida
has entered a new phase of action....
This could take us to a new period of the 'war of civilizations' that
Samuel Huntington foresaw.... Up to now,
al-Qaida said the war was against the American 'infidels' who occupied bases in
Saudi Arabia. Not having achieved total
success bin Laden's organization is now following a more astute path: With its eye on Israeli targets, hit the
weakest point in relations between Islam and the occidental world. This maneuver has many implications. For one, it plays to the militarist faction
in Israel--those who infuriate Muslims....
On the international level, there are more complications. All the paranoia unleashed by the September
11 attacks re-emerge; and within this context how can one control the warlike
impulses of the Bush administration?...
All these questions remain open.
But before one really starts a 'war of civilizations' we have to find a
way to start a dialogue with that part of the Islamic world that is not
fanatical. It does exist; and it's the
best antidote against those who say the Koran is synonymous with blood and
Liberal Folha de S. Paulo editorialized (11/29): "Suspicions for the double attack
against Israeli targets in Kenya fall on al-Qaida.... The concept of simultaneous actions is almost
a bin Laden trademark.... The place
chosen for the attempts--East Africa--is another factor pointing out to
al-Qaida.... If this hypothesis is
confirmed, it will become clear that the U.S.-sponsored 'war against terror'
has been not sufficient to weaken al-Qaida substantially. It will also be an indication, as experts
have already pointed out, that the organization will look for 'easy' targets
from now on.... Unfortunately, the world
must be prepared for further terrorist actions."