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Commentary :: Media
AMOK OR NOT AMOK, THAT IS THE QUESTION
11 Jan 2011
American problems should be resolved for Americans.
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The Brazilian press has been giving immoderate emphasis to the theory that the attack practiced by Jared Loughner is an isolated case. An action practiced by somebody that can be defined as amok.

The term amok was very used in the end of the century XIX and beginning of the century XX, to define people with some disturbance of personality that they practice violent actions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Running_amok. Still youth I read a book of Stefan Zweig in that his central character suffers an outbreak denominated like this. But a thing is literature, other the reality.

Considering the distance of the facts, it is difficult to classify the attack against democratic people as a psychotic outbreak (or as a case of amok). In first place, to do this diagnosis the person it would have to be a psychiatrist and to have contact with the patient. This is not the Brazilian journalists' case.

Besides, recent events attest that an unprecedented political radicalization exists in the USA. The recent persecution wave to racial minorities in several American States is fact, the approval of legislations anti-immigration also. The affected communities' reaction is well-known and it has been announced (besides in the Brazilian television news). Therefore, I don't think that the assumption amok has practiced an isolated action. The picture proves that there is a tension climate in "los gringos" lands.

On the contrary, the most probable is that many other political attacks and violence crossed among republicans and democratic people, among white Americans and no white Americans they come to happen in a very close future. Who bets in an individual's madness and it despises the social context in that the political violence was thought and practiced plays a dangerous game.

It is necessary to maintain distances and clarity on what happens in the USA. Only like this the Brazilians won't be dragged for a conflict that is of American. It is hour of reinforcing our faith in the need of leaving the other people solve their subjects with autonomy.

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