Critical Thinking on Terrorism
By Prof. Ibrahim B.
I join Americans of all faiths, and all people of conscience worldwide, in condemning these barbaric crimes (July 7, 2005 Subway bombings in London) that can never be justified or excused. I offer my sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed or injured in the London Subway attacks and call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators.
Can we eliminate terrorism or destroy the terrorists. It is very well know that violence begets violence. Like headache, terrorism is a symptom and not the disease. For headache one takes an analgesic like aspirin or Tylenol. The analgesics treat the symptom but not the disease. Science and logic teach us "Cause and Effect." Terrorism is the effect. We need to look into the cause or causes of Terrorism. It is reported that Osama bin Laden said "If you bomb our cities, we will bomb yours." British cities were a target since Tony Blair decided to join President Bush's "war on terror" and his invasion of Iraq.
To get more mileage out of the attack, the G8 summit meeting time was chosen. The terrorists are not interested in destroying what we hold dear, they are trying to get public opinion to force the alliance forces to withdraw from Iraq. Spain already withdrew its forces. Robert Fisk wrote, "It is easy for Tony Blair to call London bombings "barbaric"- of course they were-but what were the civilian deaths of the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq in 2003, the children torn apart by cluster bombs, the countless innocent Iraqis gunned down at American military checkpoints? When they die, it is "collateral damage"; when "we" die, it is "barbaric terrorism". If we are fighting insurgency in Iraq, what makes us believe insurgency won't come to us?"
Can fighting the
terrorists there (Iraq, Afghanistan) rather than let them come here, as
Bush constantly says, is valid any longer? The same intelligence
experts were there who previously claimed there were weapons of mass
destruction in Iraq when there were none, this time also totally
failed to unearth a months-long plot to kill Londoners.
NO RELIGION TEACHES VIOLENCE AND MAKES IT'S FOLLOWERS TERRORISTS. Biology teaches us "Stimulus and Response." A human being irrespective of RELIGION responds what he or she deems fit according to the situation (circumstances) or environment.
Walter Laqueur wrote in the Wall Street Journal (July 12, 2005) "Whenever a major terrorist attack occurs, the politicians' speeches are predictable -- that the terrorists are barbarians, that they won't succeed in destroying our values and undermining our way of life. All this is correct and probably bears repeating, even though it's not exactly new and doesn't help us understand what happened and what may happen in the future."
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), recently wrote:
We call upon President Bush and Congress to change course now to address the root causes of violent extremism and war, to pursue alternatives to war such as those suggested in the Smart Security legislation introduced by Representative Lynn Woolsey (CA), and to take political steps to reduce the level of violence in Iraq such as declaring that it is U.S. policy to remove all U.S. troops and military bases from Iraqi soil."
The Guardian last week said that the war against terrorism will not be won until we better understand the Arabs and their grievances.
Majority of the Muslim countries are ruled by dictators or Kings. Dr. Condoleezza Rice has become the Secretary of State in the United Sates. If she were born in any Muslim country she could not have become even an Ambassador, particularly in an Arab country where a woman is forbidden to vote.
I am at a loss to understand as to why the prestigious Thank Tanks located in United States and Europe do not look into the causes of Terrorism and shape the Foreign Policy of United States and the European Union.
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