Negotiation, Not Retribution
By Charles Quist-Adade
Calabrians Multicultural News, September, 2001
Paraphrastic reading method
The article Negotiation, not Retribution by Charles Quist-Adade speaks of the useless killings of innocent victims. The senseless killing, brought about by the hunt for one man, has done more harm than good for the civilians and victims of war than to the actual people responsible for the September 11th attack.
I believe the more important segment of the writing is:
“As United States launches its open-ended attack on global terrorism, the West should not be oblivious to the ever-widening chasm between the rich and poor nations, between the “haves” and “have nots” in their own backyards. Playing the ostrich may have even more devastating consequences. Several years ago, Lord Pamelston reminded us that in politics there are only permanent interests, not permanent friends. Osama bin Laden, if indeed he master-minded the September 11 attacks, was courted, trained, and armed by the US to kill Russian soldiers and Afghans, including mothers and their children in order to “roll back” the “Evil Empire.” Today, he is the devil incarnate.”
In other words: As the US begins its unwavering attack on global terrorism, there should be no surprise to the West, of the ever-growing valley between the rich and the poor nations, between the “Bourgeoisie” and “Proletariat” that are right in front of them. Hiding from these issues may have more traumatic results then intended. Pamelston has given us a reminder that when it comes to politics, there can only be concrete interests and not concrete friendships. Osama bin Laden, if he was the infamous plotter on the September 11 attacks, was chosen, taught, and given weapons by the US to murder Russian soldiers and Afghans, giving no exception to the mothers and their children in order to take control of what they saw as an “Evil Empire”. Even though today, Osama is known as “the devil incarnate”.
I have chosen this section, to paraphrase because, it in itself summarizes the article perfectly and i believe that it is the most important part of the text.