Divine religions eschew violence and terror. They espouse compassion and tolerance. Equating an entire religion with terrorism would only deepen mistrust and discord at a time when communities need to stand shoulder to shoulder in the global fight against terror. Poverty, unemployment, hopelessness, corruption, mismanagement and economic, social and political disparities are rife among the youth, who constitute a significant majority in the Middle East and North Africa. Efforts should be intensified to address these root causes upon which terrorism feeds.
Munjed Farid Al Qutob (Dr)