Letters | 9/11 anniversary: to prevent terrorism, start with creating opportunities for underprivileged youth
- The solution to terrorism lies in generating economic opportunities for youngsters across the world and spreading rational education
Airlines do their best to make us comfortable on flights. They provide us with food, films, music and even showers in first class. Yet, some fear always lurks in our minds.
The planners of these suicide missions do not man them personally. They find innocent, gullible youngsters to undertake them. The lives of others are cheaper than their own.
The creation of more job opportunities has to be accompanied by widespread education across the world that all religions should be respected. There are instances of financially affluent and qualified people also fostering terrorism. They harbour feelings of injustice or believe that people of their faith are oppressed in some country.
Bin Laden was not poor. He hailed from one of the richest families in Saudi Arabia. So, improved dissemination of information, secular education, fostering tolerance and accepting diversity can help teach people of varied creeds to live harmoniously.
As US President John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural speech in 1961, all sides should “explore what problems unite us instead of belabouring those problems which divide us”. Youngsters should read the Bible, the Koran and the Bhagavad Gita with the same respect. Then, we could have a sensible world.
It is time to say enough to violence and terrorism.
Rajendra Aneja, Mumbai