Sunday, July 27, 2008

'Excuse Makers"

In what happened in India last couple of days, I am posting a link to an old but very relevant article by Thomas Friedman (Who else?)

In this article that appeared in few years back, Friedman in his typical style touches upon one aspect of Terrorism that we never talk of.

He calls them "excuse makers". These are the people who are ready to justify the act of terrorism by giving examples of what's happening somewhere else. Middle-East is their favorite excuse spot. So any attack anywhere on innocents can easily be justified by any of these - Middle East, Kashmir, Iraq and what have you.

"After every major terrorist incident, the excuse makers come out to tell us why imperialism, Zionism, colonialism or Iraq explains why the terrorists acted. These excuse makers are just one notch less despicable than the terrorists and also deserve to be exposed"

Yes sir, we need to do this. Speaking from India;s point of view, we need to put these spotlights over our own Arundati Roys and Vindo Mehtas and Ram Punyanis and Kuldip Nayars and Praful Bidwais. They never tire justifying these acts of killing innocent people on something that happened in 1992 or even 1952.

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