June 28, 2015

UN Chief Condemns ISIS's Worldwide Terrorist Attacks, But Neglects To Mention Their Most Targeted Victims

 Photo: ISIS using U.S. weaponry in Syria. Source.

An excerpt from, "Perpetrators of ‘reprehensible’ terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia must be brought to justice - UN" UN News Centre, June 26, 2015:
Strongly condemning the terrorist attacks carried out separately today in Tunisia, Kuwait and France, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that, far from weakening the world’s resolve, the heinous incidents will only strengthen commitment to defeating all forms of terrorism.

In a statement released by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France, and stressed, “those responsible for these appalling acts of violence must be swiftly brought to justice.”

In a separate statement, the UN Security Council condemned the incidents equally strongly, laying out the specific circumstances of the attacks: against a chemical products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France, triggering an explosion and killing at least one through a gruesome beheading while injuring others; a bomb attack in a Shiite mosque in Kuwait City, Kuwait, killing at least 24 and injuring many more; and gunmen attacking a tourist hotel near Sousse, Tunisia, killing at least 37 and injuring many others.

The Secretary-General in his statement affirmed that, far from weakening the international community’s resolve to fight the scourge of terrorism, such heinous attacks would only strengthen the commitment of the United Nations to help defeat those bent on murder, destruction and the annihilation of human development and culture.
The UN chief condemned ISIS's worldwide terrorist attacks, but made no mention of its most damaging atrocities in Kobane, Hasakah, and other cities in Syria.

Just to put things in context, one person died in France as a result of an ISIS attack, and over 200 died in Kobane, many of them women and children.

ISIS also targeted a beach in Tunisia and a mosque in Kuwait in the past week.

Maybe the UN didn't highlight ISIS's terrorism in Syria because it is a war zone, while places like Kuwait, France, and Tunisia are not, but the fact of the matter is that the world is a connected web and many of these countries share responsibility for what has gone on in Syria, some more than others.

Wealthy private donors in Kuwait have helped finance ISIS's operations, the French government has trained ISIS recruits, and Tunisian authorities have not done anything to prevent unemployed youth from going to Syria to join ISIS. The U.S. and UN can point their finger at Assad all they want, but he isn't the main reason why ISIS has grown into the monster that it is today.

Also, this is not the first time the UN body has taken an inconsistent approach to terrorism. It stood back as Islamist terrorists took over Libya in 2011, calling them freedom fighters and rebels while ignoring their atrocities.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France and called for the perpetrators of "appalling acts" of violence to be swiftly brought to justice.