Stop ter­ror­ism — one way or an­other

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - SAN­JAY R. JAIN

Can­dle light­ing and con­gre­ga­tion in places of wor­ship to honor the de­ceased fol­low­ing ter­ror­ist acts of bar­barism demon­strate how much we value life. This is not a ‘lan­guage’ un­der­stood by the ter­ror­ists. It is time that Mus­lim re­li­gious lead­er­ship from all over the world now proac­tively take on the task of pro­tect­ing the tenets of their re­li­gion, and ei­ther through di­a­logue or other means re­strict the per­pe­tra­tors of th­ese crimes from use of force against hu­man life.

The Mus­lim mod­er­ates and lead­ers must not al­low den­i­gra­tion of prac­tice of their re­li­gion. They must en­sure that younger gen­er­a­tions of fol­low­ers of Is­lam are guided to­ward bet­ter causes than reck­less de­struc­tion.

What ex­actly are the deep-seated griev­ances that th­ese highly mis­led young in­di­vid­u­als har­bor? There is a need for trans­parency at the po­lit­i­cal-lead­er­ship level so that we may have an op­por­tu­nity for di­a­logue with the lead­ers of the groups and re­li­gious sects that are pro­duc­ing th­ese peo­ple. This may al­low them an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss fea­si­ble so­lu­tions to prob­lems that may seem triv­ial but end up hav­ing dis­as­trous con­se­quences, again and again.

If all else fails, ter­ror­ism needs to be forcibly elim­i­nated, just as small pox has been erad­i­cated and other hu­man ill­nesses will be. I urge us to give our­selves only un­til the end of 2016 to do this. We may have to go through many painful ef­forts from now un­til then but the need to have a peace­ful world for our chil­dren is non-ne­go­tiable.

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