Muslims, especially in France, have nothing to apologize for. This does not mean they shouldn’t take a stance and condemn these acts of violence. But they should not apologize.
Muslim organisations and scholars around the world have condemned the terrorist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo. Commentators see the attack as an assault on modern Islam and criticise right-wing populists for trying to capitalise on the event.
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has blamed “multiculturalism” and “uncontrolled immigration” in Europe for Wednesday’s (7 January) deadly attacks on the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
There was much hope in the international community that the Hague war-crimes tribunal on former Yugoslavia, allied to domestic proceedings, could point the region to a reconciled future. It was not to be.
Struggling to uphold human dignity: bas-relief on the wall of the tribunal in The Hague. Flickr / keeps. Some rights reserved.