Concerns war on terrorism turns into lucrative business for companies and mercenaries

September 24, 2010

Shaikh Hamad delivering his UN speech - QNA

Qatar’s Emir has voiced concerns that the war on terrorism could be turned into a lucrative business for companies and an opportunity for mercenaries.

“What we fear is for the war on terrorism to turn into commercial transactions, financial contracts and armies of mercenaries who kill outside of any international and human legitimacy. These are all very dangerous things,” Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani said.

“In this first decade, we faced major challenges. We should ensure that war is not the way to deal with them. Rather, we should come to terms with ourselves, with this era and with its concomitant progress to turn the new decade and the decades that follow into an era in which major challenges are addressed with more in-depth understanding and knowledge,” Shaikh Hamad said in his address to the General Debate of the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly.

The Qatari leader said that the first decade of the 21st century had witnessed blind attacks by the so-called war on terrorism.

“We recognise the existence of certain practices that certainly fall within the purview of terrorism, but in this regard we emphasise two issues,” the Emir said.

“First, we disagree with the attribution of this so-called terrorism to the Islamic religion, because this, in addition to being incorrect, is a historical injustice that is refuted by evidence from recent history. In the 20th century, including the second half thereof, gratuitous violent actions occurred in the United States of America, Europe and Asia, but nobody said that this terrorism was American, European or Asian. Rather this violence was attributed to its underlying political, economic, social and even ideological causes, without attributing it to a particular religion, country or idea,” he said.

“But what we have seen and suffered from in the first decade of this century and which was called “the war on terror”, was a phenomenon foreign to international politics. It has plunged us into a kind of war with no limits, nor end, nor logic, nor legal or moral conditions. Some of this is still happening and although we note that the current United States administration has discontinued the use of the term ‘war on terror’, we are still looking forward to clearer and bolder initiative.”

The second issue emphasized by the Qatari Emir is that terrorism should not be treated by waging wars.

“This treatment has not achieved security, peace or prosperity. The contrary, it has spread destruction everywhere, deprived millions of people from their livelihoods, spread fear, and caused the killing and displacing of millions as well as economic and financial crises that shook the stability of the world and undermined the efforts made in dialogue among cultures. We feel that the situation in which we ended up after the beginnings of intriguing century and its first decade, should not be allowed to continue and its ramifications should not be left to deteriorate unchecked.”



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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