Tuesday, March 13, 2007
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Washington: Warning that to look at terrorism through the blinkers of religion, region or poverty will be a "dangerous delusion," India called for global action to tackle the menace.
In an obvious reference to Pakistan, India's ambassador to the US Ronen Sen said India was "adjacent" to the "biggest source and destination of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction," and also to the "largest concentration of terrorists."
The worst case scenario for India is the volatile mix of the two, he said at a panel discussion on Israel's deepening relations with New Delhi and Turkey, under the aegis of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) here.
"Terrorism is a hydra headed monster. It is global. To look at it through the blinkers of any religion, region or a so-called cause would be not only dangerous, but also a dangerous delusion because this is a phenomenon which is global and has to be tackled globally," Sen said.
He also rejected the notion of terrorism being associated with poverty. "That is an argument we don't buy," he said making the point that if this rationale was indeed true "India would be churning out the largest number of terrorists." This is a truly global issue and we cannot put a label on it, the Indian envoy said, adding "the sooner the world realises that it is a global phenomenon, it will be better."