Chaos creates op­por­tu­ni­ties

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Badrya Dar­wish badrya_d@kuwait­

It’s a dis­grace what hap­pened in Paris. Killing in­no­cent peo­ple any­where in this world is a crime. It’s a dis­grace for hu­man­ity and th­ese peo­ple should be chased to the end of the earth and de­stroyed. Ter­ror­ism, as ev­ery­one knows, has no color, no race, no re­li­gion, no morals, no ethics and no noth­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, the ter­ror­ists in Paris, in Mali and in Le­banon in re­cent weeks pinned them­selves to Is­lam.

But we’re used to this. Is­lam has been hi­jacked for years by ter­ror­ists and peo­ple who are not Mus­lims and don’t know any­thing about Is­lam. They be­long to ter­ror­ist and mil­i­tant groups and just use the ban­ner of Is­lam as a cam­ou­flage. Sadly, the me­dia in Europe have turned all their forces - be it tra­di­tional or so­cial me­dia, TV or ra­dio, and news­pa­pers - to pin­ning what hap­pened in Paris on refugees. Al­ready, Europe is sick of the word refugee. Al­ready, some gov­ern­ments and peo­ple are re­ject­ing refugees.

But this is un­ac­cept­able. And it needs coura­geous peo­ple to speak up in their name. They are run­ning from IS. Ac­tu­ally, the rea­son why they are refugees is be­cause of IS, so how can you pin the acts of IS on them? Many of them die on the way, risk the lives of their chil­dren and drown in the sea in eter­nal hope of reach­ing a safe haven away from the blood­shed and ter­ror­ism in Syria.

They are not hav­ing a five-star jour­ney. Who would risk their lives and the lives of their chil­dren and fam­i­lies in se­vere, life threat­en­ing con­di­tions, ex­cept des­per­ate peo­ple? Now, anti-refugee politi­cians and me­dia are ex­ploit­ing the sit­u­a­tion to push their agenda. In the chaos, peo­ple are scared and can be vul­ner­a­ble to be­liev­ing that refugees pose a threat. Some politi­cians have even sug­gested re­cruit­ing the refugees, train­ing them and giv­ing them arms and send­ing them back home to fight IS. I’m sure there are amongst the refugees men who are will­ing, if given the chance, to go back and fight for their coun­try. But is this really the so­lu­tion to stop­ping IS?

I have a sug­ges­tion for you. Who­ever is sup­ply­ing IS with arms, tech­nol­ogy, weapons and money: Stop it. IS will fin­ish it­self in no time. No need to send any troops from any­where, nei­ther Europe nor the refugees.

Have a peace­ful day.

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