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Europe attacked: Islamic terrorism or Islamophobia?

Sirf News and Satyaanveshi Bharat today conducted a debate on the spate of terrorist attacks in different parts of Europe. French President Emmanuel Macron recently described the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty by a Chechen migrant and killing of two women by a Tunisian as ‘Islamic terrorism”. Soon the heads of several Muslim countries condemned the statement. Al Qaeda has not limited itself to criticism, of course. Who is right? Who is wrong?

The terrorist attacks on France and Austria are not a recent phenomenon in Europe. For several years now, we have been hearing somebody knifing people in a marketplace, somebody ramming his truck into a crowd and somebody opening fire indiscriminately, etc in different parts of the continent. How is it phobia if this is pointed out? How is it not religious terrorism if all the attackers belong to one religion with one grouse that the world has been unfair to their religion?

Participants in the debate:

  1. Founder of Satyaanveshi Bharat, journalist Kumar Shri Kant
  2. Wing Commander Praful Bakshi
  3. Suhel Dev Bharatiya Samaj Party’s Jainendra Pratap Arkvanshi
  4. Founder of SabLokTantra and video commentator Rachit Kaushik
  5. Political commentator Gautam Mukherjee and
  6. Political commentator Urvi Singh

Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sirf News Surajit Dasgupta anchored the debate.

The debate began with quotes from the Qur’an that exhort ‘believers’ to take to arms to kill those who do not follow the path of Allah. It was pointed out that Poland, a country of Europe that has not jumped on the bandwagon of granting shelter to Syrian refugees, has not seen the type of violence that other countries of the continent are being subjected to.

Debaters were asked how it was not Islamic terrorism when the cause behind such violence is establishing Islam? It was explained why a terrorist is not a terrorist of the religion unless his religion is the cause of his terrorism.

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