Stand fast and together express our abhorrence against terrorism

2013-04-20 12:16

I have spent most of my 60 years in opposition against religious,cultural,ethnic, and racial phobia as well as advocating their philia, that is finding affinity.

This instrument, my digitised pen is my weapon of choice, irrespective of what people may think and say on this platform or where ever for I speak truth to power. And so I must consistently urge every one reading this to stand fast and together express our abhorrence against terrorism, as well as against those state and non state actors who encourage,condone and even support the taking out of innocent non combatants. For example it is wrong to blame ordinary Germans for the nazi holocaust and to collectively punish an entire people. And yes, on the home front, it is wrong to blame ordinary white South Africans for the crime of apartheid.

Just as we have taken a united stand against crime and corruption as well as against the abuse of affirmative action , that a labour appeal court recently found against the Police,so we must take a hard and fast stand together against terrorism. We cannot become immunised or inoculated against what has happened in Boston, just as we cannot remain immunised or inoculated against drone attacks that take out innocent wedding guests in Afghanistan.

I was horror struck, exasperated and filled with revulsion when, during my attending the Commonwealth Lawyers Conference in Cape Town, I heard and later saw on television how innocent Bostonians known for their fight for freedom and their refusal to hate being subject to, what I can only describe as a prime evil act allegedly by two young American citizens of Chechen origin. Why was this terror committed is something that I want to know but I , and every righteous person, will eschew misinformation and propaganda seeded data that creeps into the narrative, just as I am following on line from media located far away from Boston,in the UK in fact.

To link religion, nationality or culture to any criminal act is dishonest as well as having a chilling effect in the search for the truth as to what happened and why.

Refusing to have anything to do with terrorism requires us to be proactive as well as vociferous using every available public platform to make our abhorrence clear so as to discourage those amongst us who think that by religious or cultural or even ethnic affinity,their dastardly and evil act will be condoned.

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