Desperate acts help create fanatics

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 September, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 September, 2001, 12:00am

For humanists looking at the tragic events in the United States, there is nothing we can do but continue with what we have been doing. We have little influence at the higher echelons of power, but we must keep on working at the grassroots level.

I urge the US not to be guided by desperation. Americans should not feel enraged by the sight of Palestinians in the Middle East cheering these acts of terror. Such people have been indoctrinated by the propaganda of those in their midst who support violence.

Political leaders must look at the root problems. The US has to ask itself how its military, industrial and business policies have impinged on other nations.

Washington must think carefully about what it will do next and have the wisdom to see that in punishing a violent minority, innocent people will suffer and more individuals will be converted to the cause of fanaticism.

We must all work together to lay the foundations for a truly universal human nation.



Humanist Association of Hong Kong