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Time to immunise societies from extremism: Miknas

MANAMA, March 17, 2019

Renowned businessman Akram Miknas has condemned the terror attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which resulted in the death of 50 people. 
 
“A great responsibility is placed on all men of thought, religion, culture and even businessmen to immunise our societies from extremist terrorist ideology, which works to exclude others and eliminate diversity instead of celebrating it,” said Miknas, a media and advertising pioneer in the region. 
 
The shooter refused to spare any of the mosques’ visitors including his youngest victim, a three-year old child who was mercilessly killed during the attack. "This horrible terrorist act in New Zealand re-emphasises that we must learn to live with each other and realise that our differences are blessings," he said.
 
“Our differences must be viewed in a positive, natural state that we must accept and rejoice, not reject and retaliate against,” he stressed.
 
Miknas believes that every individual must increase efforts to overcome extremist ideologies. “The enemies of Islam will not be able to eliminate our religion or its followers no matter what they do, in the same way that Israel will not be able to end the Palestinians and their cause,” he said.
 
“We must each work to eradicate these ideologies and change the mindset, depending on our capabilities, so extremists around the world understand that such terrorists and criminal attacks cannot end the other,” he added.
 
The shooter responsible for the attack has been apprehended by the New Zealand authorities and has been charged with murder. "I ask myself and ask this right-wing terrorist, Brenton Harris Tarrant: What has he done now that he has ended the life of all these innocent victims, just because they had a different religion, form, language and colour? What was the reason behind or benefit of this senseless attack?” he said.
 
“This terrorist will now spend the rest of his life in prison, or perhaps he will be executed, but it does not end Islam and its followers," he stressed. 
 
“There must be a solution to confront the radical ideologies against Islam. Otherwise, there will only be more violent extremism, ending the lives of more and more innocent people,” he concluded. – TradeArabia News Service



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