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Terrorism before 9/11



Martin Storey says; "Many western countries have lived with the fear of terrorism for over 30 years. I remember acts of terror when I was living in Munich during Black September 1972, in France in the 1970's (Rue des Rosiers, TATI, etc), working in Charleroi, Belgium in 1986 (Cellules Communistes Combattantes), then I left Europe. France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Ireland/UK, and possibly more, have had frequent occurrences of terrorist acts for a long time, often for internal "reasons" (Basque country, Corsica, Baader-Meinhof, etc) but not always. They're seen more with fatality than with fear. After September 11, when G.W. Bush was assembling his "coalition of the willing", I heard more than one French person say "ah ah, but when we had problems with terrorism in the 70's and asked for help to the US, we did not get it". RH: Martin is right Remember the Terror of the French Revolution.(1791-4). This was an attempt by the government to terrorize the people into submission, but normally terrorism is the work of an individual or group trying to terrorize the government. That is the aim of the Basque ETA. I have reported how the Basque writer Pío Baroja would regale me with stories of terrorist acts, which fascinated him. He was going back to about 1900.

Ronald Hilton - 3/1/03


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