Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Saudi Reflections: Dialogue of the Deaf Won't End Terrorism

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Saudi Reflections: Dialogue of the Deaf Won't End Terrorism

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Saudi Reflections: Dialogue of the Deaf Won't End Terrorism

The pipe bomb that killed two people and injured 111 others rocked America to the core. It cast a dark shadow over what should have been the biggest night of the Atlanta games for city traders and crowds.

The bombing also brought to the fore the theory that if anyone is determined to cause havoc and mayhem he or she can do it. No amount of security preparations will stop such acts.

The act itself is that of a sick mind. It was a deliberate attempt to wound and kill innocent people who came to sing and dance, watch events on the giant screens or just to wander around buying souvenirs.

This blast, which turned revelry into fear and desperation, and caused two deaths including that of a journalist who survived wars, cast a pall of gloom over a city that has worked hard for six long years to make what is the last Olympic Games this century, and a centennial one at that, the most successful one. What emerged after the blast was an exhibition of resilience, bravado, fear and tension. Different people expressed different emotions.

However, one emotion that everyone felt was that of sadness. This feeling must have permeated the hearts of millions of those who viewed it, whether on the Internet, 500 cable channels, CNN, SKY television and other channels around the globe. From the remotest village in Africa to the capitals of the world, everyone was part of the reaction.

Reaction by the United States and its allies to this terrorist act was sober. The U.S. government, reeling from the Oklahoma blast which killed 168 people and learning from their folly in pointing a quick finger at "Middle Eastern and Islamic sources," kept reassuring people that the "anonymous" perpetrator(s) of this heinous act will be traced and brought to justice.

What is more noteworthy is that American officials, when being interviewed by the Zionist-controlled media, repeatedly made pleas to the public not to jump to conclusions.

In fact, immediately after the tragic loss of TWA Flight 800, President Clinton, the FBI head, the laconic U.S. attorney general, Janet Reno, all said that until investigations produced final results on the cause of the crash and clues are found leading to the culprits, if any, people should not speculate. …

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