French police officer after Paris attacks. Tolga Akmen/London News Pictures via ZUMA Wire

Estamos en guerra

PARÍS – Desde los ataques terroristas de enero contra el semanario satírico Charlie Hebdo y un supermercado kosher, los parisinos sabían que la barbarie acechaba a la vuelta de la esquina y que volvería a golpear. Pero una cosa es saber algo, anticiparlo, y otra enfrentarse a la triste realidad. En la noche del viernes, la realidad nos golpeó con toda su fuerza. Estamos en guerra. Sería erróneo (incluso peligroso) no admitirlo. Y para ganar, se necesitarán claridad, unidad y firmeza.

Lo que más necesitamos en este momento es claridad para el análisis. Apenas conocemos a nuestro enemigo, excepto por la intensidad de su odio y la profundidad de su crueldad. Para comprender su estrategia, debemos reconocerlo tal cual es: un adversario inteligente y, a su manera, racional. Lo hemos despreciado y subestimado demasiado tiempo. Es urgente cambiar el rumbo.

En las últimas semanas, la estrategia de terror de Estado Islámico llevó la muerte a las calles de Ankara, Beirut y París, y a los cielos del Sinaí. La identidad de las víctimas no deja dudas sobre el mensaje. “Kurdos, rusos, shiítas libaneses, franceses: ustedes nos atacan, nosotros los matamos”.

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