Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

The necessity of a conscious struggle against the virus of terrorism

Terrorism has been spreading for a while, moving from Syria to the territory of Iraq, a country where elections were held recently. If not prevented, it will surpass boundaries, because there are no limits to the terrorist. He does not respect people or political orders, be it a sovereign monarchy or democracy.

Seyed Majid Foroughi*

This phenomenon has no relation with religion and does not follow any religious conviction. Those who created the movements of terror, deliberately or not, know well how to distinguish this dilemma. The moment appears when governments, nations and international organizations should take a comprehensive and wise attitude about the essence and nature of how this event arrived, otherwise, they should expect a catastrophic disaster, irreparable damage to humanity.

It is a mistake to make the interconnection of terrorism to religion, as hinted by certain opinion leaders, whose responsibility would guide public opinion and policy formation. Encouraging this thinking favors terrorism camouflaging religion, denigrating it and creating skepticism about it, achieving its nefarious goal.

Even if unintentionally or by mistake terrorism receives support, and their slogans were repeatedly propagated through social networks, after victory, the terrorists will not spare even their sponsors.
Atrocities by the ISIL group in Iraq have no relation to the teachings of any religion, even if that group bestows people on the streets with the Bible or Quran. Muslims, whether Sunni or Shia, are brothers with strong family ties and have always been victims of this phenomenon.
In Islamic doctrine terrorism is repudiated, even for self-defense or for the defense of the homeland, as well as the use of weapons of mass destruction.  

The terror phenomenon is becoming an epidemic. It is not without reason that people compare this to a virus. Therefore, the error made by some countries, supporting Al Qaeda group, should not be repeated.It is of utmost importance that experts, writers and democratic organizations clarify public opinion for it not to fall into the trap of the terrorists and their sponsors.

*Seyed Majid Foroughi is First Officer of the Embassy of Iran in Brazil

Translated from the Portuguese version of Pravda.Ru

By Ekaterina Santos

Editor's note: A balanced appraisal of the phenomenon of terrorism. Those who sponsored al-Qaeda, fomented hatred and used the Madrassas in Pakistan to brainwash and train waves of extremists to create a soft under-belly in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, should today hang their heads in shame.


Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey


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