Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of October 30, 2006
War won't end terrorism, says Jesuit magazine
By CAROL GLATZ
"Waging war against countries that host, fund or train terrorist groups appears to be a grave political mistake because war not only does not destroy terrorism, it fuels and proliferates it."
- La Civilta Cattolica
After the war in Afghanistan, in fact, terrorist training camps resurfaced there which today draw young, "aspiring terrorists" living in Europe, it said.
And Iraq, too, it said, has become a magnet for suicide bombers "from everywhere" to fight against "the Western invaders," while, before the war, "there were no terrorists in Iraq" under Saddam Hussein's dictatorial grip.
The editorial said "waging war against countries that host, fund or train terrorist groups appears to be a grave political mistake because war not only does not destroy terrorism, it fuels and proliferates it."
Forces from Western, non-Muslim countries invading Islamic countries create "a serious offence against Allah" because the situation represents an usurpation of his divine authority, which then motivates radical elements to "defend Islam from Western aggressors," said La Civilta Cattolica .
The Jesuit-run magazine said there are more effective measures in what will have to be a long-term struggle against terrorism.
Leaders must emphasize that "the fight against terrorism is not a battle against Islam" and they must "avoid political and military actions that might seem to embroil, humiliate, and deride Muslims," it said.
Leaders must find a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which represents an open wound for many Muslims, it said, and leaders "must give up the idea of imposing democracy on Islamic peoples."
Democracy must come about from the citizens' own initiative and have the consensus of its own people as well as respect their culture and values, the magazine said.
Intelligence operations and police efforts aimed at pinpointing terrorist cells must be given precedence in the fight against terrorism while national security agencies must coordinate efforts and exchange information, it said.
Finally, it said, in order to deal a serious blow to terrorism, the channels or sources of funding for terrorist activity must be found and frozen.
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