Friday, January 23, 2004

"Christian terrorism"

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi states that if western countries could just stop " injustice and discrimination" toward other countries terrorism would end. She also boasts that "In Bosnia, when so many Muslims were killed, we did not consider it Christian terrorism." I wonder if she realizes that it was Christians, for the most part, who ended the massacre in Bosnia, even though the UN would not endorse it.

Iranian Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi says punishing those who commit acts of terror will not rid the world of terrorists and might even make the problem worse.
The outspoken lawyer, who has repeatedly accused the United States of using the September 11 attacks as a smokescreen to violate human rights, said terrorism had only increased despite years of cracking down on militants around the world.

"The solution for eradicating terrorism is not just to punish terrorists. We must go to the roots of terrorism," Ebadi told Reuters in an interview in Bombay late on Wednesday.

"Terrorism is the reaction, the wrong reaction, to injustice and discrimination," said Ebadi, the first Muslim woman and the first Iranian to win a Nobel prize.


Iran's first woman judge, who became a hate figure among the country's religious hardliners for her outspoken support of social and legal reforms, denounced people who misinterpret Islam and misguide Muslims to commit heinous acts of terror.

"People who believe human rights, democracy and Islam are incompatible are only justifying dictatorship. They use it to impose their beliefs," she said, speaking through an interpreter.

Not one to mince words, Ebadi is equally critical of the U.S.-led war on terror.

"America and the West should know that Islam does not support terror. In Bosnia, when so many Muslims were killed, we did not consider it Christian terrorism," said Ebadi, who was without a headscarf — compulsory under Iranian law — to cover her close cropped auburn hair.


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