Sept. 24, 2001: Los Angeles Forums, Politics

CubDest Editorial, Sept. 22, 2001

The terror test and the survival of the Western world

We are facing an alliance of leftist forces remnants of Communism and radical Moslem movements, in which the dictator Fidel Castro places his expectations

The bloody episodes of terror of September 11th, which occurred simultaneously in New York and Washington, could in some ways be interpreted as a huge testing of the North American and world public opinion, at the hands of anti-Christian forces bent on the destruction of the Western World. As pointed out by the German strategist Karl von Clausewitz, the main objective in a war is to eliminate the adversary's will to resist. Following that line of thought, the attack on September 11th proved, in the midst of tragedy, in an uplifting reality for the Western world and undoubtedly uncomfortable for its adversaries: rising above the pain, uncertainty and the irreversible changes in every day life, the majority of the people of North American reacted in the spirit of patriotism and with a determination to resist the enemy, with an intensity difficult to predict after the nature of such attacks.

Meanwhile, in Latin America a phenomenon is taking place which causes great apprehension: after the initial horror and consequent solidarity with the victims, the public opinion has suffered a subtle but effective pressure from leftist forces, through the media, to try to blame what happened on the United States, presenting the victims as those which launched the attacks.

In an attempt to obtain this unacceptable roll reversal, the same mechanism that has been used so many times to absolve the Communist regime of Cuba by making the exiled Cubans and the United States the aggressors. This the same type of play with words by the left that were used during the 1960's and the 1980's to justify the aggressions in the continent of pro-Castro guerilla forces.

Regrettably, there are ecclesiastical voices, independent from their intentions, that are allowing themselves to be used in that dangerous game. For example, the influential Brazilian Archbishop Mons. Luciano Mendes de Almeida, who served in a prominent position in the Catholic Conference of Brazil and in CELAM, said referring to the attacks of September 11th: "It is because of the extreme amount of poverty and the domination of some countries over others, that things of this nature occur."

This type of talk is occurring mainly in Latin America put it can also be heard in Europe and even in the United States, with the collaboration of those mechanisms that protect the so called anti-globalization movements. In the concrete order of the acts which occurred we are in the presence of an alliance between leftist forces remnants of Communism and radical Moslem movements, in which the dictator Fidel Castro places his expectations of survival.

All of this brings us to a fundamental theme, in which we have insisted upon an uncountable amount of times, when it comes to the defense of the Western world and the cause of freedom of Cuba: the importance of publicity. In effect, it seems exaggerated to say after having witnessed the destructive capacity of terrorism, but in reality the decisive battle continues to be in the psychological and ideological fields. A type of battle which is capable of destroying man spiritually, all the while maintaining his physical health intact.

We decidedly enter into a world where chaos is multiplied by chaos. To learn to survive in that atmosphere means not accepting it as something natural but instead each time we need to prepare ourselves to have more will to resist and more of a vigilant spirit.

Without a doubt, the results of the test of terror where not totally favorable for the anti-Christian forces. But it is also true that we have before us an arduous path, full of traps and things that are unforeseen. Let us learn necessary lessons for the cause of freedom. Far from the vicissitude of the present time and future circumstances, the promise of the Most Holly Virgin in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917, which is undoubtedly a motive for bright hope: "At last, my Immaculate Heart will triumph".