(Special to the Reference)
Director of the Center for Middle East Studies in Paris (CEMO) and Member of the Egyptian Parliament, Abdel Rahim Ali, said today that terrorists and their financiers had benefited a lot from the presence of political and ideological differences between countries in the past years.
“While Arab states suffered an upsurge in terrorist attacks in the 1980s and 1990s, some of them against state institutions, tourist establishments and Christian citizens in Egypt, some European states, the UK in particular, viewed terrorists as freedom fighters, even as they were a mere bunch of armed men,” Ali said.
He added at a seminar organized by CEMO on dialogue between the two banks of the Mediterranean that the same terrorists were given the right to political asylum.
They, Ali added, were allowed to organize conferences and attend hearing sessions in elected parliaments, including in the British House of Commons.
“European media conducted interviews with the same terrorists and allowed them to express their views in which they denigrated the faith of governments and those who were different from them,” Ali noted.
The seminar focuses on cooperation between Europe and non-European Mediterranean states, including Egypt, in the fight against terrorism; illegal immigration; education, and water.
The seminar is held on the sidelines of the Two Mediterranean Banks summit which is held in Marseilles on June 23 and 24.
CEMO takes the opportunity of the summit to open discussion on the issues that cause problems between countries on the two banks of the Mediterranean.
Apart from the Arab-Israeli conflict, which stands behind most of the violence in our world today, the Arab Spring came to wreak disaster on the world and widen the scope of problems in it.