Hands-off ap­proach to the Mus­lim world

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION - RE: Don’t aban­don Iraq again (July 14)

I agree with the gen­eral sen­ti­ment that John Roe has ex­pressed. How­ever, I would has­ten to ad­vise that the rest of the world should dis­cour­age the Don­ald Trumps of this world from get­ting in­volved in find­ing ways to solve the prob­lems in the re­gion. I be­lieve that Western in­ter­ven­tion only cre­ates another set of prob­lems, and is gen­er­ally re­ceived with mixed emo­tions by those who are di­rectly im­pacted from these ter­ri­ble atroc­i­ties.

I be­lieve a bet­ter out­come could evolve if the Western me­dia would use its tremen­dous in­flu­ence to pro­vide the non-Mus­lim world with a deeper un­der­stand­ing as to why this in­cred­i­ble di­vi­sive­ness among Mus­lim groups con­tin­ues un­abated. These di­verse groups need en­cour­age­ment to find un­bi­ased and ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions to bring them­selves to­gether to solve their own chal­lenges. Fi­nan­cial aid but a “hands-off ” ap­proach from the West is re­quired. Gly­nis Van Steen, Burling­ton

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