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2015 November 11 - 17 TOP3 [WORLD]

Shii condemns terror attacks in Paris

November 15, 2015
Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo issued a statement on November 14 condemning the terror attacks in Paris which were allegedly carried out by “Islamic State” militants.

In the statement, Shii denounces the perpetrators by saying that terrorist acts cannot be tolerated for whatever reason. He goes on to emphasize the need for the global community to unite in efforts to eliminate terrorism from around the world.

In January this year, the office of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris was attacked and 12 people were killed, including editors and caricaturists. The motive for that murder was taking revenge for the paper’s caricature of the prophet Muhammad. However, using violence to retaliate is a serious infringement of the freedom of speech and expression.

The IS extremist group states in its claim of responsibility for the latest attacks in Paris that their acts are in retaliation for the French military’s airstrikes targeting IS militants in Syria. The IS criticism of the French military actions, however, cannot justify their indiscriminate terrorism against many innocent citizens at the concert hall and soccer stadium.

Following the September 11 terror attacks, the U.S. government attacked Afghanistan claiming that the country is harboring terrorists. In 2003, Washington invaded Iraq based on the false information that President Saddam Hussein’s government secretly possesses weapons of mass destruction. After that, many nations were involved in the vicious cycle of terrorist acts and retaliatory wars.

It has already become clear that staging a vengeful war is useless in stopping terrorism. The need now is for the international community to unite in order to sever the vicious cycle.

Past related article:
> Global community should unite to isolate terrorist groups [February 2, 2015]
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