Saturday, November 29, 2003

The Iraqi question about terrorism

This is a translated article from Arabic by Abdul-Mun'im Al-Assam a columnist for the Azzaman paper which I thought would be appropriate to include in todays posts:

No one can accurately answer the importunate yet legitimate question:
How to stop terrorist acts?
But at the same time everyone realizes that if there was wide and effective cooperation between the countries targetted by suicide bombers, rigged cars, and terrorizing activities, and if they had collectively decided to block passages through which terrorists breathe air, power, money, and motives, they would have succeeded not only in easily restricting these acts in the narrowest locations, but in invalidating the motives and justifications employed by terrorists as well.

And since terrorism in its most modern form today has turned into an extremist Islamic regimen that accuses whole societies, countries, and maybe whole continents with infidelity, therefore there is no justification to the policies followed by some governments on principles like (Since the splinters are far away from me, I do not care for its consequences or motives), or (Assist me in countering terrorism in my country but do not ask me to help you), or (When the bombings affect me they are terrorist acts, when they affect others they are acts of resistance). A striking example of the last principle is evident in Iraq when the dark forces from the Afghan caves coordinating with remnants of the fascist defeated regime in Iraq made a decision to convict all Iraqis with no discrimination whatsoever and to terrorize, abbreviate their lives, and target them for the sin of abandoning the former regime, while the surrounding countries stand by either spectating, approving, or rejoicing for the Iraqi people's misfortune.

This close-minded trend was reflected not only in the official media outlets of these governments, or their loyal space channels, but has also poisoned some of the intellectual assemblies of the region. To give an example; an intellectual meeting at Quneitra. A supposedly moderate nationalistintellectual gave a speech condemning terrorist
bombings targetting innocent civilians in Casablanca blaming the attacks on Al-Qaeda and extremist Islamic groups and at the same he called for support of the heroic acts of the 'Iraqi resistance' in bombing the UN compound, Red Cross organization, hotels, crowded places, and police stations (which were also claimed by Al-Qaeda by the way) and he described these acts as an Intifada by Iraqis. Note the hypocricy.

The Iraqi question is: If targetting innocent civilians in Morocco is deemed terrorism, why are similar acts in Iraq called 'resistance'? Why?

I forward a copy of this question to our colleagues in Al-Arabiyah, al-Jazeera, and the Egyptian and Syrian space channels with courtesy.