9 Jul 2005

Perspectives...

Excerpts from the CNN website -
Some prominent Arab writers said the attacks were a reminder that efforts to fight terrorism were necessary.
Jihad al-Khazen, an op-ed columnist for the London-based pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper, wrote: "Such criminal terror acts prove that no measure is enough to fight terrorism.
"Actions that governments take to fight terrorism are totally justified because protecting life is a lot more important than protecting civil liberties."
He said he was saddened "that there are people in our Arab world that continue to sympathize with terrorism."
"This is our sick reality and it doesn't help anyone to pretend this mentality doesn't exist. One can't ignore the fact that Arab governments didn't act early on to crush the extreme movements growing in our midst."
He criticized the United States and Britain, saying he hoped they would change policies that fostered "hatred around the world and make it easy for groups like al Qaeda to recruit and execute terror attacks."
On the Arabic-language TV network Al Jazeera, Mohammed Amara -- identified as an Islamist thinker in Cairo -- said "those who want to perform jihad (Muslim holy war) should go and fight the occupiers in the battlefield and not kill unexpecting innocent people.
"We (Muslims) do not kill clerics, we do not kill women, we do not kill children, we do not kill trees. This is what the prophet taught us. The U.S. and Britain are committing atrocities against our people everywhere but we shouldn't respond to a crime with a crime."
TV network Al-Arabiya, on its Web site, solicited readers' responses to the attacks. Several expressed happiness, with comments such as "Allahu Akbar, thanks be to God," "More power to al Qaeda leader Osama (bin Laden)," and "What did you expect? This is only a response to the what the British government has done to the group regardless of which group it is."
In response, these notes were posted: "To the heroes of Arabism and Jihad, since you are sparing no method to attack the West and you gloat as you try to kill the largest number of civilians. How would you like it if the West relieves itself of your headache by hitting you with one of its nuclear weapons. It takes only minutes and then there will be no heroes, no men and no shish kebab."
Another wrote: "Why you are so happy about something like this?" What if one of your family members in London died? Even in a war, don't kill women, children, old people ... please Muslims think before you judge any action, and think about your actions and judge yourself before you judge people."

Also, Middle East condemns London bombings
Messages of sympathy and condolences poured in from Middle Eastern nations, some of them all too familiar with street bloodshed.
Iran and Syria joined an unbroken chorus of condemnation, as did the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and Lebanon's Hizbullah.

"The use of violence to achieve aims is condemned," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokes-man Hamid Reza Asefi said.

Syrian President Bashar Assad, in a message to Prime Minister Tony Blair, condemned "these detested acts."

Hamas said that there could be no justification for the
London bombings.

"Targeting civilians in their transport means and lives is denounced and rejected," Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy chief of the group's political bureau, told Reuters in
Damascus.

Look who’s talking, Hamas and Hizbullah ! Not bad, huh ?!
More voices - European Muslims Slam "Heinous" London Blasts
Also, The "B" word at Sepia Mutiny
A different perspective, closer home
Currently engaged in global bliss - sitting in Pune, licking boiled sweets branded Dallas, manufactured by the Pt. Hawaii Confectionary Factory at Jakarta, Indonesia. Remembering Poppins, they tasted much better !

1 comment:

Atanu said...

Quote:

Jihad al-Khazen ... wrote: "Such criminal terror acts prove that no measure is enough to fight terrorism.

"Actions that governments take to fight terrorism are totally justified because protecting life is a lot more important than protecting civil liberties."

End quote.

Brings to mind what Benjamin Franklin said about trading civil liberties for security. "Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security, will not have, nor do they deserve, either one."

Of course it is unfair to juxtapose Franklin's viewpoint with Jihad al-Kazen's.