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France’s leading newspaper, the People’s Daily, explores the limitations of the Western approach to counter terrorism. The article was first published in sister paper, the Global Times. The article reports that after the brutal terror attacks in Paris, France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called for the “dissolution of mosques where hate is preached.”
Source: Can France’s daring move eradicate IS? – People’s Daily Online
The article reasons:
Even if the IS could be largely crushed, it doesn’t make much difference. In the MiddleEast, there are no political strongmen any more, and its political and social structures have been shattered. Built up by extreme forces taking advantage of the rift, the example of theIS can be repeated easily.
More importantly, the West’s bombs can destroy the encampments and ammunition depots, but cannot deal with attire like veils. Nor can the West prevent children from being sent to extreme religious schools or grapple with conservative Islam.
Elsewhere in today’s news, the first Chinese citizen has been executed by ISIS, and China has promised justice. China, of course, faces a problem of radicalized Muslims in its western region.
With hindsight, it can be seen that Western ideas of planting democracy in the Middle East were naive. Similarly, many can see the risks of open ended intake of refugees as proposed by Angela Merkel.
After the Paris attrocities, people in the West understand emergency restrictions on liberties in the name of national defense.
Freedom of speech is a powerful pillar of democracy in Western society but it is right and proper for it to be curtailed when it is used to spread hate.