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Cablegate: Media Report "World Must Fight Terrorism"; Harare

Published: Mon 2 Dec 2002 01:45 PM
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SUBJECT: MEDIA REPORT "WORLD MUST FIGHT TERRORISM"; HARARE
1. Under headline "World must fight terrorism" the
government-controlled daily "Chronicle" dedicated its
November 30 editorial to calling for "a united front
against terrorism" and urged world leaders to "desist from
harboring terrorist groups." Excerpts:
2. "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 Qaeda 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
U. S. unsettled. It is now clear that all of us are
vulnerable to attack by terrorists and should thus
prepare for any eventuality. . . ."
SULLIVAN
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