Sunday, February 19, 2006

Opt for diplomacy

Apparently, apologies have been made by the Danish newspaper which originally published the 12 cartoons of the prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him), but the riots continue. To the surrounding World, the religion of Islam does not appear to be a religion of peace when thousands of people, who declare themselves true muslims, respond to perceived insults with vandalism and deadly violence. However, the groups of violent protesting muslims constitute only a small fraction of the muslim community, and there is still hope that the majority of muslims will chose to employ the non-violent diplomatic options available and end this conflict peacefully.

It is depressing to learn that whole nations are blamed and innocent people come to grief as a result of the reactions to an admitted mistake. The time calls for diplomatic initiatives and cross-cultural understanding like the efforts of Muhammad Habash in Syria.


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