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テロ未遂のはなし

レジデンス6ヶ月と7日目

アルカイダ系のテロ組織による、ヨーロッパへのテロ警告のニュースのことでWendaと話していました。
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20050719-00000160-jij-int
オランダの名前もあるので、「心配ねー、何かオランダの確率高そうよね(注1)」と言ってたら、Wendaが「そうそう、前にオランダで爆弾テロ未遂があってね、そのとき未遂だった理由が、テロリスト同士が喧嘩始めちゃって爆発させるどころじゃなくなっちゃったんだって。」といいます。
テロリスト同士が言い争いを始めて使命を放り出す(二の次になる)・・。そういう事はなんとなく、いいんじゃないかと思いました。人間ぽくて。
それぞれの正義があるのはまあいいとして、その使命に忠実すぎて、(その役になりきりすぎて)自分の人間ぽい部分を捨てる、というのはいろんな間違いのもという気がします。絵でも。
その役になりきってしまった状態を一時的に止めた、人間らしい感情が、結果的に爆弾の爆発を止めたという事が私には嬉しかったです。

注1。オランダのスキポール空港は、ヨーロッパ諸国の中でも入国審査がほとんど素通りに等しいことで有名。で、アムスはここ数年でテログループの入国、アジト化が進んでいる。そのことが問題となり、近年居住ビザ取得は難しくなったものの、入国自体は未だすごく楽。

July 21, 2005 1:41 AM

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Attempted Bombing

I was talking to Wenda about the news of the terror warnings to Europe by the al-Qeada terrorist network.
http://headlines.yohoo.co.jp/hl?a=20050719-00000160-jij-int
As the Netherlands is one of the countries listed as those with increasing possibilities of terrorist attacks, I said to her ‘I am rather worried. They say there is a possibility of terrorist attacks in the Netherlands.’ Then she said, ‘Well, there was an attempted bombing here before; but the reason why it failed was because the terrorists started to quarrel, and they did not get so far as to attempt explosion.’
I kind of liked this episode. They forgot their mission as they started to argue... I think it is nice as it is... very human.
I understand that each person has his or her sense of justice. But it is when they get too much into the mission or into the role, and when they dismiss their human part that things start to go wrong. The same thing can be applied to when we make paintings.
I was glad to know that the terrorist’s human part stopped him from identifying himself too much with the role, and as a result prevented the bombing.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is known for its rather relaxed passport control among the airports in Europe. Because of that, last few years, Amsterdam quickly turned into a safe house for the terrorist groups. As this came to be realized as an issue, restrictions for obtaining resident visa was tightened; but still entry to the country is very easy.

July 21, 2005 1:41 AM

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