The un­just tar­get­ing of Mus­lims

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

are the real vic­tims of ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions and not the West­ern su­per­pow­ers of the world.

Is­raeli ter­ror and geno­cide in Pales­tine, the war in Afghanistan, the in­va­sion of Iraq and the weak­ness of Arab states and the fail­ure of its lead­ers to de­fend the re­gion are some of the fac­tors which have led to the spread of ter­ror­ism and the rise of ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions who lure their vic­tims with false prom­ises to bring back pride and dig­nity to the hu­mil­i­ated masses in the Arab world.

The veto power of the su­per­pow­ers and their con­tin­ued dis­re­gard for UN rec­om­men­da­tions and con­dem­na­tions of bla­tant vi­o­la­tions have fu­eled the con­flicts in the re­gion. The rag­ing sec­tar­ian con­flict in the re­gion is the re­sult of the war on Iraq. The in­va­sion has brought an­ar­chy, death and de­struc­tion. Vi­o­lence con­tin­ues with mil­lions of refugees and dis­placed moth­ers and chil­dren. The preva­lent rage is as­so­ci­ated with hu­mil­i­a­tion and frus­tra­tion over the in­hu­mane state of af­fairs. The on­go­ing vi­cious cy­cle of re­venge in Iraq con­tin­ues and has no end in sight.

Only when pol­icy mak­ers aban­don war poli­cies and West­ern me­dia as­sumes an hon­est role to iden­tify the real en­e­mies of hu­man­ity can the world live in last­ing peace and har­mony

Rise of Is­lam­o­pho­bia: Bush’s de­clared war on Is­lam and the rise of Is­lam­o­pho­bia have cre­ated a lot of bad blood, dis­trust and un­founded sus­pi­cions. The blas­phe­mous at­tacks on Is­lam and the un­jus­ti­fied tar­get­ing of in­no­cent Mus­lims are also the rea­sons be­hind Mus­lim out­rage.

The late King Ab­dul­lah tried his very best to bring peace to the re­gion by ad­dress­ing the con­tro­ver­sial is­sues that have led to the vi­o­lence in the Mid­dle East. In 2002, he an­nounced the Arab Peace Ini­tia­tive which in­cluded the nor­mal­iza­tion of re­la­tions be­tween all Arab states and Is­rael pro­vided that Is­rael abides by UN res­o­lu­tions 242 and 338 call­ing for the re­turn of pre-June 1967 bor­ders.

Yet it fell on deaf ears and Is­raeli ter­ror con­tin­ues with more land grabs, evic­tions and con­struc­tion of set­tle­ments on Pales­tinian land. The King vis­ited the Vatican and ini­ti­ated the in­ter­re­li­gious and in­ter-cul­tural global di­a­logue in an at­tempt to foster bet­ter un­der­stand­ing and global co­ex­is­tence. Saudi Ara­bia and Mus­lim states have all de­clared their con­dem­na­tion of ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions claim­ing to be rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the faith. Mean­while, peace-lov­ing peo­ple around the globe des­per­ately tried to stop the in­va­sion of Iraq. Thou­sands marched in peace­ful demon­stra­tions call­ing for peace. How­ever, cruel de­ci­sion mak­ers paid no heed to their calls. Con­se­quently, the de­struc­tive and un­jus­ti­fied war in­flamed the sec­tar­ian con­flict in

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