Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

UK must never waver over the Middle East

THE United States and Britain should both be congratulated for standing up against the newly emerging bully of the Middle East, calling itself the Islamic State.

The atrocities and the genocidal agenda of this terrorist group are not only an attack on the magnanimous principles of Islam; they are an attack on all our brothers.

The first ever 'Islamic state', the Umayyad state (661-775), and the Abbasid state (750-1258), were equally well-known for providing conditions in which Jewish and Christian communities flourished in peace and security.

Given its historical ties to the region, we should stand firmly behind a United Kingdom which serves as a beacon in its decisive moral orientation – delivering the message that we will never waver in asserting the equal rights of Christian, Jewish and Muslim children to a better future.

DR LU'AYY MINWER, AL RIMAWI

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