Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, February 10, 2003

Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee "jehadi terrorism" the primary source of terrorism in the world today.

"Increasingly, a common ideological inspiration — that of religious extremism — is exporting (terrorism) around the world. Thus, jehadi terrorism has today become the principal form of terrorism all over the world," he said.

Vajpayee asserted that Islam did not justify terrorism; neither did any other religion. "Rather terrorists have chosen to cover their campaign of killings with the cloak of jehad to seek popular legitimacy and recruit misguided youth."

"We have to take decisive, tough and forceful action against terrorists, which is both punitive and deterrent," he added.

"The international community has to be vigilant against the real possibility of chemical and biological weapons and weapons of mass annihilation falling into the hands of terrorist organisations," the Prime Minister warned.

"Double standards are used to justify terrorism. It is asserted that Osama bin Laden's associates are freedom fighters when they act in one country and terrorists when they act elsewhere. Jehadi groups have been given shelter and support using this dubious logic."

Vajpayee said it was an often ignored fact that the sponsorship, bases and finances for terrorism came from totalitarian military regimes who wanted to pursue their own political agenda.

The "tendency" of some countries to condone terrorism somewhere while condemning it elsewhere was counter-productive, he said. "Such lenience will boomerang on all of us."

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