I wish I could hate you
Terrorism isn't insanity. It grows out of social
conditions that are well known: poverty, social oppression, dictatorship,
and a void of meaning in the lives of ordinary people.
What is it that seduces some young people to terrorism? It
simplifies things. The fanatic has no questions, only answers. Education is
the way to eliminate terrorism.
While we must remain determined to defeat terrorism,
it isn’t only terrorism we are fighting. It’s the beliefs that motivate
terrorists. A new ideology of hatred and intolerance has arisen to challenge
America and liberal democracy.
This is not a battle between the United States of
America and terrorism. It is a battle between the free and democratic world
Terrorism has become the systematic weapon of a war
that knows no borders and seldom has a face.
Terrorism is the tactic of demanding the impossible,
and demanding it at gunpoint.
We can't accommodate terrorism. When someone uses the
slaughter of innocent people to advance a so-called political cause, at that
point the political cause becomes immoral and unjust and they should be
eliminated from any serious discussion, any serious debate.
Terrorists harm their own cause, no matter how valid
their concerns might be.
The fundamental source of conflict in the
world today is the socioeconomic deprivation of billions of people across
the globe, coexisting with islands of enormous wealth and prosperity within
and among countries.
Most poor people are not terrorists. But social
justice still plays a major role in promoting peace.
edition by Katie Lusk, Hearts & Minds intern