The jus­ti­fiers

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Ah­mad Al-Sar­raf

Among the least log­i­cal com­ments in jus­ti­fy­ing the crim­i­nal act that took place in the French cap­i­tal, is when some peo­ple tried to link it to the crimes of the French “oc­cu­pa­tion” of Al­ge­ria and other coun­tries. Ac­cept­ing this ex­cuse or jus­ti­fi­ca­tion means ac­cept­ing the at­tack of any so­ci­ety or coun­try on another, so that we all live in a whirlpool of re­venge acts that re­mind us of the tribal or fam­ily vendetta sto­ries be­tween one group or another, that may con­tinue for many long years.

It is dif­fi­cult to find a so­ci­ety or a state that was not at­tacked by another state or group, or be­ing at one stage of his­tory the ag­gres­sor against oth­ers, so the Span­ish have the right to in­vade us and oc­cupy our coun­tries, be­cause we pre­vi­ously in­vaded them and oc­cu­pied their lands for a 1,000 years, be­fore nearly 1,000 years!

Although many peo­ple, in­clud­ing ex­treme ones in their stand to­wards the West, con­demned the ter­ror­ist act in Paris, most of them, as our col­league Saad bin Te­fla had said in a column pub­lished in Asharq Al-Awsat news­pa­per, fol­lowed the con­dem­na­tion with the word “but”... but France started the at­tack against our coun­tries and holy places! Or say­ing that Daesh does not rep­re­sent Is­lam or Mus­lims, or those ac­tions are com­mit­ted by a stray group!

These jus­ti­fiers do not re­al­ize that oth­ers have the same right to use the same jus­ti­fi­ca­tions and at­tack us in the heart of our homes. The col­league said the hu­man­i­tar­ian and moral duty re­quires us to con­demn the bloody ran­dom killings that tar­get in­no­cent peo­ple with moral com­pre­hen­sive­ness that does not know se­lec­tive­ness or the “buts”, and this is a con­dem­na­tion or a hu­man­i­tar­ian mo­tive that sym­pa­thizes with the hu­man be­ing in any place and of any na­tion­al­ity, re­li­gion or color, and any­thing else is not a con­dem­na­tion, rather an in­sult to the vic­tims and in­no­cents who fall to ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tions any­where.

The con­dem­na­tion stand is an ab­so­lute moral one that is not tied to France’s of­fi­cial stands, nor is it linked to the de­gree of oth­ers ethics - it is a ba­sic stand that does not know how to ex­clude the in­no­cent, and does not use the “but” with this vic­tim or that.

Can we use “but” when in­no­cents fall ran­domly in Paris, be­cause colo­nial France com­mit­ted war crimes in its colonies in the past? And to what ex­tent in his­tory we will go back with our vendetta men­tal­ity against oth­ers?! How does this vendetta men­tal­ity dif­fer from the Daesh men­tal­ity which is de­mand­ing to fight will all those on earth un­til they bow to their caliphate, be­come Mus­lims and pledge loy­alty to their caliph, or pay “jizya”?

We say that it is re­gret­ful that many of those who cheated oth­ers with what they give them­selves in the form of sci­en­tific de­scrip­tions, to which they point with al­pha­bets that pre­cede their names, and sign their col­umns, topped the list of those jus­ti­fiers, who would not have done this if it was not for the re­li­gious and par­ti­san blind­ness that kept them from see­ing the truth.

Yet there re­mains the puz­zling ques­tion: Where are those crim­i­nal killers from Is­rael, for ex­am­ple?

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