Pluma Migrant Writers Guild. "Write to be heard."
Dear (The Guardian Australia) Editor,
This letter is in regard to the article “Josh Frydenberg says grand mufti had ‘graphic failure’ of leadership” (accessible on Sunday 29th November 2015). I write this letter with some trepidation, for fear of being labeled an apologist for terrorism. Allow me the throat clearing then that no one, including myself, supports terrorism and let this letter be part of the evidence.
On to my point, starting with a quote:
‘“We have to acknowledge that religion is part of this problem,” the resources minister said. “I would say it is a problem within Islam.”’ ~Frydenberg.
Yes and no. The Western world has to acknowledge that Western terrorism due to a lack of separation between corporation and state, particularly in the USA in the past century, has caused the now significant number of dispossessed peoples round the world to become, to put it mildly, upset. Consider Kinzer’s comments on this in the Boston Globe last week (accessible on Sunday 29th November 2015). Here and in his many recent books on the subject he remarks that Western military intervention round the world, usually merely for corporate profits rather than establishing or defending democracy, has caused “terrorism”. Maybe in terrorising Mesopotamia they have finally encountered a people too tough to chew on? As Chomsky has remarked, the USA has, since their overthrow of Hawaii in the late 19th century for the benefit of a few sugar farmers, grown into a rogue state.
Again, no one, including myself, supports terrorism. That, however, includes Western and Eastern terrorism. Many Western corporations have been, and still are, terrorists by gaining use of Western militaries through political influence, in order to access, for example, natural resources. A good journalist, needless to say member of parliament, would make such observations when discussing or reporting on this topic. Likewise I submit that I am being a good citizen in taking the risk of being labeled a terrorist aplogist by writing this letter.
A Westerner in the East