تهديدات لا تخدم الحرب ضد الإرهاب

  • 21 يوليو 2005

Though the US Congressman Tom Tancredo has tried to minimize the impact of his threats to strike the holy Kaaba and to remove the sacred Islamic shrines from the map, "if extremist Muslims wage nuclear attack on US," by saying that he had meant to give an idea about the ultimate US response, there are many reasons to be wary of such trends. His threats imply risks tantamount to playing with fire and planting mines that could blow-off all efforts exerted in the war against terrorism and its ideology.

He issued his statement while tempers were still high against Muslims in the West in the wake of the recent London bombings. Tremendous efforts have being made to restrain these tempers and prevent them from exploding in the face of the Muslim communities in Europe or the US. Besides, his statements or threats have been made while voices were being raised at many levels advocating the formation of an international front against terrorism or the "evil ideology", as recently described by British Prime Minister Tony Blair. But, violating sacred religious taboos leads to weakening and paralyzing this front, because it will generate more hatred and animosity among the nations, and consequently provide the terrorists with new supporters. Any kind of blasphemous acts imply great risks and do not serve the interest of the war against terrorism.

In the background of the intellectual blockade to which terrorism is subjected- following its recent operations which motivated Muslims in the West and East to strongly denounce terrorism through unequivocal stands and Fatwas* which had large popular effect- the terrorists are still seeking any ploy to justify their crimes and validate their thought. Such ploys are provided to them by the congressman's threats as well as similar past or future stands. Such statements will be exploited by the terrorists and their theoreticians to win more supporters. This is happening at a time the world is advocating dialogue and solidarity between cultures, thwarting terrorists' attempts to hide behind any religious or moral pretexts, and confronting the imminent danger that threatens all and targets not only the West, but the Muslims as well. Hence, Muslims should not be blamed for terrorist crimes and threats should not be made against their religion or sacred shrines, as this is the type of threats that terrorists need because they inflame tempers which they know very well how to manipulate.

Terrorism's tools of trade are violence; hatred and animosity, thus combating this menace will be through propagation of the values of dialogue and rapprochement between nations, civilizations and religions. The greatest impediment that could obstruct realization of this goal is the attempt to blaspheme religious taboos. This will lead to unfathomable abyss.

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