Leading Article: Iran Must Be Given the Sternest Warning
INTERNATIONAL terrorism in its classic form is back on the world's agenda after a deceptive interlude of calm. This week's explosions aimed at Jewish and Israeli targets in London followed an appalling attack on a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires. Britain and Argentina, who once fought a conventional war over the Falklands, joined together to present the United Nations Security Council with a strong resolution condemning these acts. The world community has found no permanent method of curbing international terrorism. But these events could mark a beginning.
The first necessity is to reach agreement on what violent acts fall into a category suitable for the Security Council to deal with. The London and Buenos Aires incidents represent such a case. They mark the extension of political struggle - or even foreign policy - by violent means.
During the Eighties the world became accustomed to the spectacle of civilians falling victim to the contending causes and ideologies in the Middle East. There was, in effect, an undeclared conflict between the United States and its allies on one hand, and Iran and its radical Arab friends on the other. It began with the criminal seizure of American diplomats as hostages in 1979 and entered a period of remission when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. It is not by any means concluded.
A clear pattern exists in the new violence. First, it is evidently the work of trained people implanted for some time near their targets. Second, the killing is committed on the territory of a third party with little or no connection to the dispute. Third, there exists ample suspicion that the terrorists benefit from the logistic and financial resources of a sovereign state. Fourth, the regime in question has a long history of using violence abroad, making foreign nationals the victims of its crimes and consistently denying responsibility for deeds that some of its leaders have directly inspired. It is the revolutionary government of …
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Publication information: Article title: Leading Article: Iran Must Be Given the Sternest Warning. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: July 3, 1994. Page number: Not available. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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