UN Alliance Blames Political Events on Muslim-West Divide
The UN Alliance of Civilizations blamed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other political events for the tension between Islam and the West.
It was a struggle but the UN group found that the Muslim-West divide led back to a familiar source of all pain, the Jews.
(Didn’t it occur to this bunch that a few bomb blasts may have contributed to this divide?)
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (R), UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan (2nd R), Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (C), Iran’s former President Mohammad Khatami (L) and Professor Federico Mayor (2nd L), President of the Culture of Peace Foundation and former director of UNESCO, attend the meeting of Alliance of Civilisations in Istanbul November 13, 2006. The Alliance of Civilisations was launched last year to foster respect and dialogue between Islamic and Western societies. (REUTERS/Fatih Saribas)
The UN group blamed the Western military interventions to remove the murderous regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq as the cause for mistrust between the two civilizations:
A cross-cultural group of 20 prominent world figures has called for urgent efforts to heal the growing divide between Muslim and Western societies.
They say the chief causes of the rift are not religion or history, but recent political developments, notably the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The panel, drawn together by the UN, says a climate of mutual fear and stereotypes is worsening the problem.
To combat hostility bred of ignorance, they want education and media projects.
The Alliance of Civilisations, which includes Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami, dismisses the notion that a clash of civilisations is inevitable, but says that swift action is needed.
Their findings were presented in a report to the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at a ceremony in Istanbul on Monday morning.
They say that the critical symbol of discord is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which, along with Western military interventions in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, contributes significantly to the growing sense of resentment and mistrust that mars relations among communities.
If only the West would have contained their aggresive reaction after the murder of thousands on 9-11 the world would not be witnessing this mistrust today. Thank goodness the good former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami was there to straighten this whole mess out.
No wonder Iran is threatening to wipe Israel off the map each week. It all makes sense now.