Ban Ki Moon reacts to Paris – by worrying about Islamophobia
From the UN News Centre:
In shadow of Beirut and Paris terror attacks, UN Security Council discusses root causes of conflict
The United Nations Security Council held an already scheduled debate on conflict prevention today amid added urgency fuelled by last week’s terrorist attacks in Beirut and Paris, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressing that counter-terrorism must also tackle such root causes as bad governance, injustice and exclusion.
“Today’s violent conflicts and violent extremism are often rooted in a mix of exclusion, inequality, mismanagement of natural resources, corruption, oppression, governance failures, and the frustration and alienation that accompany a lack of jobs and opportunities,” he said at the opening of the Council’s day-long debate on ‘Security, development and the root causes of conflicts.’
But not radical Islam.
Turning to the most recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad, last month’s apparent bombing of a Russian plane over Egypt, and the mounting threat from Da’esh [also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL], which controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq, Mr. Ban warned against taking reprisals against Muslims.
“No grievance or cause can justify such acts,” he said of the terrorist attacks. But, he added: “I am especially concerned about reprisals or further discrimination against Muslims, in particular Muslim refugees and migrants. This would just exacerbate the alienation on which terrorists feed.”
Yes, the UN is more concerned about a possible – and mostly mythical – backlash against Muslims than they are about Islamic terror itself.
So what would solve the problem of Islamist terrorism? Glad you asked:
He laid out four principles for preventing conflict and terrorism, stressing the crucial importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which calls for achieving peaceful and inclusive societies that provide access to justice and build accountable institutions.
If only ISIS and Hamas and Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah and Al Qaeda felt more included in the world community and had access to justice, we wouldn’t have any of these problems.
Of course, their definition of justice is to kill the infidels.
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