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|Military attacks not the answer - Professor Jamal Badawi|
|10/13/01 at 12:28:11|
Military attacks not the answer - Muslim prof
By BEVERLEY WARE -- Special to The Daily News
The Daily News
Tuesday, October 09, 2001
A leader of Halifax's Islamic community says the United States has been trigger happy in its attacks on Afghanistan.
And Dr. Jamal Badawi says he believes the military attacks will backfire, provoking just the opposite of their intended effect to stamp out terrorism.
Badawi, a professor at Saint Marys University who lectured to students at Harvard on the weekend, says while the attacks of Sept. 11 are atrocious, bombing Afghanistan is more an act of revenge than justice. There are thousands and thousands of leads; why cant we wait? Why do we have to be so trigger happy?
Badawi says the U.S. should pursue the legal route. He says it should
present its evidence against Osama bin Laden to an independent body of the United Nations. That would take longer, perhaps years, but the value of human life, whether according to the Bible, the Koran or an athiest, must supersede everything.
Badawi says innocent people are being killed in these attacks, and
Canadians are naive to think otherwise. He likens attacks on airports in Afghanistan to bombing the Halifax International Airport. Civilians work there.
Islamic organizations worldwide condemn the attacks on the U.S., Badawi says. It is totally contrary to Islam and has nothing to do with our teaching.
But, he says, Americans should reflect on why there is such hatred; he
says it stems from American foreign policy in the Middle East.
Military retaliation is a setback to intercultural understanding, Badawi says, adding the use of sheer brute power against a poor, ill-equipped country is bound to arouse resentments of already questionable foreign policy.
And he says this resentment among Afghanis will, in turn, breed extremism and more terrorism. I feel it will radicalize the region; destablize the region, without getting to the root problem of terrorism.
I am as much worried about the future of the United States and Europe as I am the Muslim world and world peace.
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