Italian Minster Gentiloni opposes labeling Muslims as terrorists

2015-04-02 10:49:13 | Al Muslim News
Italian Minster Gentiloni opposes labeling Muslims as terrorists

 

Paolo Gentiloni, Italy's Foreign Minister said that it is uncivil and self-destructive to say that Muslims are terrorists.

He told the Italian magazine Famiglia Cristiana that “as Western countries, we can defend ourselves against terrorism by raising security levels and with political and military coalitions, but we must accept that its elimination depends on its being isolated, through the religious and cultural battle that the Islamic communities wage and must continue to wage against fundamentalist terroristsâ€, as International Islamic News Agency (IINA) reported.


Gentiloni noted that it is up to the large majority of the Muslim community to eradicate the phenomenon of terrorism, not the Westerners. He said that government officials in charge of defense, intelligence and security must never underestimate the risks and threats, nor should the Islamic State (IS) propaganda be downplayed. It clearly relies on playing with symbols, like a black banner on St Peter's representing the 'war' between Islam and Christianity. Yet this is a war that the billion and a half Muslims in the world are not involved with, except those in areas where dangerous fundamentalism has taken root.


Asked whether terrorists might make their way into Italy on immigrant boats, the minister said no possibility can be excluded in today's world. “Provocations and infiltrations are a risk but there have been no instances so far, and the authorities are on the alert,†he noted.


Gentiloni pointed out that it is wrong to suggest a link between terrorism and migrants who travel thousands of miles to escape poverty, desperation, famine and war. He said confusing terrorists with migrants is bad propaganda at best.

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