Roots of terrorism

Updated 25 December 2014
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Roots of terrorism

Pope Francis in a recent statement has urged Muslim leaders in the world to condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam. He said that he understood the harm caused by the stereotype that linked Islam with terrorism. A “global condemnation” of the violence, he said, would help the majority of Muslims dispel this stereotype.
The pope’s appeal is however partial at best. Rather than asking Muslims specifically to condemn terrorism, the pope should have better asked the world in general to condemn violence in all its forms.
While I have no reasons to doubt his good intentions, I have grounds to question the pope’s knowledge and his selective appeal. It appears the pope, like many others in the Western world, is exposed to the continuous motivated propaganda carried out by them through international media. He seems to have fallen victim to such propaganda.
Why can the people like him not recognize the fact that violence committed in any name is bad, and our response to violence should be proportional to the magnitude of the violence rather than its denominations?
The pope also ignores the fact that at the global level, violence as a whole is a predominantly Western monopoly and terrorism as a whole has also a more of a non-Muslim stamp than what it made it to be a solely Muslim doing. Al-Qaeda might not have killed more than 6,000 people in the West, but America’s “war against terror” has killed over two million innocent Muslims.
ISIS is also product of West’s failed policy in Syria and Iraq that paved the way for such outfits.
Hindu terrorism has killed over 40,000 in the last two decades while Tamil terrorism (another Hindu variant) in Sri Lanka killed no less than 100,000 in the last three decades.
America, France, Britain, China and Russia have been responsible, directly or indirectly, for the overwhelming majority of deaths in wars and civil wars in the last century. This is besides uncountable deaths in murders, suicides and induced abortions.
Nearly 180 million people lost lives alone in wars in the last century and more than one billion children have been murdered through abortions in last 20 years. The number of deaths in murders has also been more than 10 million.
The pope should have recognized the fact that the genesis of terrorism has several factors, and one major factor is the role of West in the Muslim countries.
Their support to several brutal regimes in the region, and the deaths caused by Western forces in the Islamic world have played no insignificant role in exacerbating terrorism. — Dr. Javed Jamil, New Delhi


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia