2011/08/07
FAIZ AZIZAN, Subang Jaya, Selangor
letters@nst.com.my

JULY 2011. It opened the eyes of not only Norwegians but people all over the world. Why did it happen? Why so suddenly? I asked.

I know Islamophobia had spread across the world, particularly in Europe. But why must it be Islam that they fear? When will they stop fearing us? When will they see us as friends, allies, companions, comrades, partners and brothers and sisters rather than a threat and enemy?

The Oslo tragedy has sparked tension across the world. Conversely, there are those trying to tell the world that there is still peace. But it is disappointing that it happened in the country where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded, where people thought it was the most peaceful place in the world.
Anders Behring Breivik is only one person in a big community. But the world is not just talking about his one-man massacre but also his background, his extremist anti-Islam ideology and his 1,500-plus page manifesto. Are we living in a safe world? Are Muslims going to be accepted one day? Will there be more people like Behring Breivik who can go to this extent, or even worse, just to send a message to the world?

Martin Luther King Jr once said: “I have a dream that one day in the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the son of the former slaves’ owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” What happened to him? He was assassinated.

Before that, Malcolm X, who fought for the rights of African-Americans and the small number of Muslims in United States, was also assassinated while giving a speech in New York.
The world has been and will always be in its current state, where people have hatred for each other and would rather focus on differences rather than diversity.

Malaysia, a multiracial country that has people of many races living together as one big family, is a good example for others to follow.

I believe if we put our differences aside and accept others as they are, we will live in a happy world without another Oslo tragedy or 9/11 ever happening again.

This is the article that I’ve sent to NST and was in the Viewpoint 7th of August. Here’s the link to it.

Oslo attacks: Accept diversity and live in peace with others

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