Singer muses on terrorism and the need to learn to love Terrorism is being marketed as a product, with politicians claiming peace in the buildup to the Iraq war but 'exporting the opposite', British rock star Sting said in Hong Kong yesterday. The Grammy award-winning musician, who is on a whistlestop tour of Asia to promote his new album Sacred Love, said politicians always had their agendas and people must ignore them and 'learn to love' if humanity was to have a chance of developing to a new level. Sting, 52, whose autobiography has just been published and is celebrating 25 years in the pop business, is well known for his campaigns for human rights causes and the protection of rainforests. But his focus has been more on the role of the artist in 'a more desperate world' following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. 'This album was created in the aftermath of the attacks. I was forced to ask myself some questions. Was I saying anything coherent? Should I stop doing it?' he said in an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post. He said although the album was not 'a political manifesto', he had to address a range of problems that had gained an added sense of urgency with the US-led invasion of Iraq. Sting said he liked British Prime Minister Tony Blair but didn't believe Iraq had the weapons of mass destruction that were cited as the reason for invading the country or that Saddam Hussein was about to attack anyone 'within 45 minutes'. But he added it was too late to change history. 'The country was invaded and that's all there is to it. It's a fact. What's the point of throwing blame or whatever. We have a problem. 'But all of these things give us opportunities to improve and we can do that if we get rid of some of the things that prevent us.' The enemies of creativity and love were bigoted religious and narrow thinking . 'Israel and Palestine are on a suicide mission and they need to understand that. They need the US to help them understand that too,' he said. On religion, he said: 'If you're a Catholic or a Presbyterian, that's a big problem.' Categorisation was a form of mental straitjacketing. 'It all starts here,' he said, pointing to his head. A reception at the Peninsula, with an audience of local stars and press from the mainland, Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Korea, served as a promotion for Sting's new album and a recording technique it used that offers multi-channel sound. He performed three songs. After a question-and-answer session, he was then presented with a gift by local canto pop star Chris Wong Hoi-kan and flowers by erhu performer Ding Fei Fei.