Culture of Peace as the Alternative to Terrorism
Islamic states Page 6

Title/Summary page

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United States government
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European Union
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Islamic states
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Terrorist statements
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State terrorism
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Aerial bombardment
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Commercial mass media
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The contradictions
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Culture of war
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Explaining the contradictions
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Culture of Peace and Conclusion
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Although there are many different political tendencies among the Islamic states, they arrive at consensus positions in the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The 2004 Final Communique of the ministers of foreign affairs of the OIC includes the following remarks about terrorism, which shows clearly their differences with the Europeans:

The Meeting reaffirmed its resolve to combat all forms and manifestations of terrorism, including state terrorism, and its determination to participate in the multilateral global efforts to eradicate this menace, rejected selectivity and double standards in combating terrorism, and any attempts to link terrorism to a specific religion or culture. It also reiterated its support for the convening of an international conference under the aegis of the United Nations to define terrorism and stress the need for efforts to be exerted to conclude a convention on international terrorism that would differentiate between terrorism and legitimate struggle of peoples under colonial or alien domination and foreign occupation for self-determination in accordance with the United Nations Charter and international law. The Meeting reaffirmed that situations of foreign occupation are governed by international humanitarian law and not by conventions on terrorism, it also called upon all Member States, who have not done so, to take the necessary steps towards the ratification of the OIC Convention on Combating International Terrorism.

Notice the specific mention of state terrorism and the need for a UN definition of terrorism that would distinguish it from "legitimate struggle." These differentiate their position from those of the US and Europe.

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