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Abhor violent reaction. Win their heart by conviction that universal love & brotherhood as fundamental principles of ISLAM

Reader comment on item: Bush Declares War on Radical Islam

Submitted by N Natarajan (India), Oct 12, 2005 at 05:42

Dera friends,
History has ample lessons for all of us to analyse, appreciate and ensure that wars do not solve the problems. Though it may look impractical, it is the bitter truth.
The so called terrorism is in essence the following.
When a group of people. or small organistions or not so affluent countries do not agree with the policy dictates / decisions of other stronger groups , organisations or advanced countries, they resort to all possible means of violent actions within their capacity to impact on their undeclared enemies either to frighten, or dissuade or cause injury/ damage and /or to win over them. Because the weak groups can not afford to launch a full fledged war . It is the same strong groups , whenever it suited their health , have not desisted themselves from abetting terrorism. Vietnam war and , Aghanistan war ( 1980) . are just a few examples. The role similar to present day terrorists were supposed to be played by the Communists.
Terrorism had its beginnings in acts like hijacking of airlines - Their motive was not ransoms but to achieve their intended goals like release of prisoners , criminals, etc.
How did the big powers tolerate long drawn militant activity in Kashmir & Sri Lanka so long. It is believed in some quarters, that the big powers preferred to keep these problems alive since it suited their interest in global power game. How will we justify war against IRAQ . Can we also label war on IRAQ as an act of terrorism perpetuated by big powers based on unconfirmed facts ?
Therefore it is not correct to involve religion in this labelling game. We should find the noble points of universal brotherhood and love in Islam and carry conivction to the other group . First and foremost, we must refine our actions in dealing with them. Coercion is a thing of the past.


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