In a commentary on the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks, "Orran" writes that "the world has become more wary of terrorism, realizing, probably for the first time, its destructive consequences. Nevertheless, terrorism is continuing to strike various parts of the world, and it will persist as long as there are unresolved national and regional problems, armed conflicts, local wars mainly stemming from superpowers' interests and unrestrained efforts to divide and re-divide the world."
"Hayots Ashkhar" says that the U.S.-led campaign in Afghanistan is still far from achieving its main objectives. But this does not mean that talk of a new era in human history, brought about by the September 11 attacks, is just a gimmick. "The world has really changed. It's just that the real cause of that change is on a totally different plane." The pro-government paper claims that political and business circles in America "constantly need new September 11s to continue to dominate a world that is slipping out of their hands."
The pro-opposition "Aravot" is more sympathetic to the United States. "Terrorism will have roots as long as we do not condemn it frankly and sincerely," the paper says in an editorial. "And we should condemn terrorism not only when it is directed against us, but also in cases where the terrorists are, so to speak, from our side. Terrorism will not disappear as long as we attempt to foist our truth and, more importantly, our complexes, prejudices and emotions on anybody else in our daily life…In effect, the roots of terrorism are in the heart of each of us."
"Hayots Ashkhar" also comments on another one-year anniversary: the murder of Gagik Poghosian, the former head of the government's oversight service. The paper describes the unsolved the murder as a "gauntlet thrown at the state by organized crime." But the state has failed to give an adequate response to that "slap."
"Haykakan Zhamanak" reports that the National Accord party led by Artashes Geghamian is on the brink of leaving the newly formed coalition of 16 opposition parties. Geghamian, it says, has issued his opposition partners with an ultimatum: either they nominate him as their joint presidential candidate or stop having him on board. The paper says its doubts about Geghamian's commitment to the opposition cause are proving justified. It also harbors similar doubts with regard to the Armenian Communists, saying that their representatives have failed to attend meetings of the opposition grouping. One of their leaders, Norik Petrosian, told "Haykakan Zhamanak" on Tuesday that the Communist Party already has its own presidential candidate.