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Stop making excuses for terrorism
September 15, 2001 | G&M Page A19 | By MARCUS GEE.

Addressing "root causes" will not stop people like that. Even if Israel pulled out of the West Bank tomorrow, Islamic terrorist groups would keep trying to kill Israelis. To them, it is not the Israeli occupation that rankles. It is the very existence of Israel It is pure hatred, more than grievance. that drives them.

Yet the "root causes" notion lives on. We have seen it twice this week on these very pages. The day after Tuesday's attack. University of Toronto scholar Thomas Homer-Dixon argued that the root cause of terrorism was the growing gap between rich countries and poor ones.

"These differences breed envy and frustration and, ultimately, anger." he wrote. "The problem will never go away if we don't address the underlying disparities that help motivate such violence."

Then, in yesterday's paper, columnist Rick Salutin said that the key to defusing support for terrorism was "eliminating the worst cases of wretchedness that sustain it." His suggestion: End Western sanctions against Saddam Hussein's Iraq and get Israel to pull out of the West Bank.

No doubt both writers abhor what happened this week as much as everyone else. But by making excuses for terrorism, even qualified excuses, they give the perpetrators what they crave most: legitimacy. Worse, they acquit them of responsibility for their own actions.
If terrorism springs from their frustration over unanswered grievances. then it is not really their fault. It is merely a disease and they are simply the carriers, "rather in the way that innocent animals might be the carriers of rabies" (as the conservative U.S. author Midge Decter once put it).

That not only gives comfort to the terrorists, it hurts the effort to fight them. If terrorists are not morally responsible for their own actions, then it frees the rest of us from the burden of taking them on.
Marcus_Gee  terrorism  root_cause  Thomas_Homer-Dixon  Rick_Salutin  moral_equivalencies 
september 2012 by jerryking
Who's falsifying?
12 Dec 2001 | The Globe and Mail A.18. | Ismail Zayid.
It is Ed Morgan (letter -- Dec. 11) and not Rick Sautin who is indulging in falsified history. The homeland of Moshe Dayan and Yitzhak Rabin was not, in June of 1967, "under attack by its surrounding countries." It was Israel that planned and initiated that war against Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Israel's own leaders at the time testify to that, confirming that Gamal Abdel Nasser had no intention of attacking Israel.
ProQuest  Rick_Salutin  1967  Israel  Middle_East  Mideast_Peace  Arab  Six-Day_War  war  conflicts  letters_to_the_editor 
june 2012 by jerryking
What's so scary about relativism?
April 22, 2005 G&M columnist Rick Salutin on the subject of relativism.
Rick_Salutin  op_ed 
february 2009 by jerryking
Here's the real Obama question |
Jan. 16, 2009 op-ed by Rick Salutin questioning whether simply
being elected president of the U.S. will be Obama's great accomplishment
for which he'll be remembered.
Obama  Rick_Salutin 
january 2009 by jerryking
CD's Best of the Web / The piano man and the economic crisis
Rick Salutin op-ed piece on the irony of free market Steve
Harper running for office at time when government intervention is
becoming increasingly popular.
Rick_Salutin  Stephen_Harper  public_policy  state_capitalism 
january 2009 by jerryking

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