is evil and must be condemned irrespective of the basis on which it is
claimed to be justified. Defending religion, race and political
sovereignty are claimed as justifications by terrorists who choose
violence rather than the ballot box, inflicting death and pain on innocent
civilians. All of us believe that religion and race are personal
characteristics to be cherished and respected. Almost all of us choose to
express our political preference through the ballot box. Therefore, the
self appointed terrorists have neither the consent nor the authority to
act on behalf of people who
wish no more than an opportunity to live their lives in peace and
prosperity. Terrorists do not represent any religion, race or nation and
we must ensure that our action to fight terrorism reflects this fact.
is important that the democratic and pluralistic nations of this world
stand together to fight terrorism. It is essential that terrorists,
religious fanatics and opportunistic politicians do not claim legitimacy
by whipping up racial and anti-religious sentiment world-wide to deflect
us from our fight against terrorism. We need to identify, isolate, name
and shame the terrorists. They must be prosecuted in our courts and
punished appropriately. We must establish a social and political climate
that ensures that terrorism, like murder, is globally unacceptable!
developing countries, cursed with internal conflict, it is always the poor
who have their homes bombed, their families destroyed and who have no
chance of having a peaceful life. Let us help all innocent victims,
including those in New York and Washington, as they share the same grief.
Human life is precious and its loss - wherever it occurs - is unacceptable
to all of us. We must now concentrate on removing the causes
that conceive, feed and sustain terrorism.