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Greed is the cause of terrorism

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By Dr Firoz Osman-Laudium, Tshwane

(source: STAR – January 07, 2010 Edition 1)

The  Star’s editorial, "Terror: no easy answers" (January 5), cites the example of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian who tried to blow up a US airline, in the difficulty in countering terrorism.

Part of the problem, and solution, lies in the statement "that citizens of 14 nations will be subject to intensified screening at airports worldwide". Every targeted country – with one exception, Cuba – is Muslim.

They are Iran, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen.Most of the Muslim nations are either invaded and occupied, or have a despotic puppet ruler – armed and propped up by the US and its allies – oppressing the population.

Others are determined to guard their ideology and sovereignty and follow an independent foreign policy, so they are victimised.The problem, therefore, is the invasion, occupation, suppression and exploitation of Muslim lands by the US, Israel, Russia, India, UK and the Nato countries.