The Issue of Terror [Archives:2001/43/Focus]

October 22 2001

Nawal Zaid
Terror is an issue which is a matter that concerns the entire world, we dare say. Therefore, the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington were meant to create seditious relations between Arab and Muslim countries on one hand, and America and the West on the other. What happened in America is, in fact, not the creation of Arab innocent elderly people or women to kill women and children who are also innocent victims of the horrible attacks.
What we must do is coordinate a worldwide effort to search for the perpetrators of terrorist actions and bring them to justice. But, at the same time, we must look for the motivations behind such actions and try to solve all problems and injustices in order to create a world community free from violence. Choosing retaliatory military campaigns against one country or several of them is a terrible mistake which would kill more innocent victims and is equally an act of terror, similar to and perhaps more horrible than those committed in New York and Washington. The victims of a retaliatory attack will be mostly children, women and elderly people who have nothing to do with terror, destruction and killings. In Yemen, for instance, several acts of terror took place in previous years. But Yemen has never accused any country in the world of harboring or supporting those individuals responsible for carrying out their terrorist actions. All world nations should fight terrorism, but under the auspices of the United Nations.