On the day after murderous terrorist suicide bomb attacks on the UN headquarters in Baghdad and a bus in Jerusalem, I can’t think of anything more appropriate than to reproduce without comment (except the headline) the following extract from Andrew Denton’s interview with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Monday’s Enough Rope program on ABC TV:
Andrew Denton: Is part of the challenge also looking at the reasons why America has generated so much hate?
Rudy Giuliani: Um, I don’t think the terrorists can be dealt with by saying, “Somebody’s generated hate,” so that it somehow justifies or explains why people will blow up a building with thousands of innocent people. There’s a level of irrationality and viciousness to that that can’t be dealt with by trying to put the responsibility on the victim. I think”¦in fact, I think, because we did that with terrorism, we helped to create it. Because we took on a sense of guilt about terrorism which really belongs to the terrorists, not the victim, we helped to create terrorism.
Terrorists do what they do for a specific purpose. They want to further some goal, let’s say a political goal. And what civilised society should do is make that a bargain or make that a decision that should be deterred. In other words, they shouldn’t be successful. And what we had been doing was we had been making it successful.
The attack on the Israeli team at the Munich Olympics was way back in 1972. By and large, very often terrorists weren’t prosecuted or arrested, and when they were, they were released, and then their cause was taken seriously by the international community.
So terrorists were taught, “It works. Kill a lot of innocent people and somebody will say, ‘Gee, you must really have a justifiable cause, and the person you attacked must have done something horrible to create this.'” Maybe the answer, like the answer with Hitler, is it really wasn’t a justifiable cause.
There is no justifiable cause for killing innocent human beings, much less significant numbers of innocent human beings. You’ve got to stand up to it. You can’t let that psychological battle have the victim all of a sudden take on the guilt for the atrocious acts of the perpetrator.