|The First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani.|
DOHA: The First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani warned of the use of double standards by the West in a pressure to bring democracy to the region and said the political pressure being imposed on Iran should also be applied to Israel in order to rid the entire Middle East region of nuclear weapons.
“Democracy can not be rooted when imposed from abroad, searching self-interests of the external powers through the silence towards non-democratic practices of alliances and at the same time escalating the campaigns against others under the slogans of establishing democracy where it is not in accordance with the required political methodology is representing in reality the policy of double standards which is not supporting the dissemination of democracy” Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem said.
The fundamental threat that terrorism poses to any liberal democratic society living under the rule of law, has emerged as a significant and challenging feature in global politics and set the stage for a heated discussion yesterday on the third session of ‘The Sixth Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade’ held on: Enhancing Democracy and Combating Terrorism.
The session was moderated by, H E Sir Graham Boyce, former ambassador, UK, and the panellists included: Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem, H E Ambassador Robert Blackwill, President of Barbour Griffith and Rogers International Senator Daniel Goulet, Senate Council of France H E Abdulla Tarmugi, Speaker of Singaporean Parliament and Gregory Meeks, Member of Congress of the United States of America.
The Foreign Minister said that democracy is not a slogan. It is a style which the decent human life can not be straight without. If we succeed in providing he ways to support such style, then we can be secure from the international terrorism, he said.
“Terrorism is naturally based on ideological motives and is accompanied by violence. Terrorism emerge form misery, disappointment, sense of injustice and despair which make the people sacrificing their lives in order to realise fundamental changes.”
All speakers addressed the nature of democracy, the definition of the nature of terrorism, and listed ways in which to combat terrorism through development, the elimination of poverty and injustice, ways in which to take the ideological battle to the terrorists by avoiding conflict whilst combating them and finally ways in which to ensure a democratic process that seeks justice for all.
Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem said that the patterns of terrorism are multiple some of which are indicated as state terrorism within the regimes of dictatorships, authoritative, colonisation and occupation. The problem of terrorism is political, psychological moral and basically legal, he added.
Robert Blackwill spoke of “the storm that is gathering between Iran and the rest of the world” and updated the audience on the course of events that took place in the past 36 hours in Iran prior to the dialogue and referred to the latest statement issued by Iranian leaders claiming that they have “joined the club of nations with nuclear weapons”.
Blackwill highlighted the cause, course and consequences of a war with Iran, in the region, on the international level, on oil prices and his concern for which other countries in the region would follow the nuclear route after Iran and what the effects of this might be in the Middle East and on American security.
Senate Council of France H E Abdulla Tarmugi commented on developing countries and congratulated the State of Qatar "for promoting the exchange of dialogue, political wisdom and experiences on democracy and free trade" and stressed that "terrorism is a war that is the enemy of non-Muslims and Muslims alike".
"Despite the entire civilised worlds efforts, Iran is determined to continue on its path towards attaining nuclear weapons and this is not promising, the international system faces terrible dilemmas in the months ahead. The questions we must now ask ourselves are how the balance of power in this region would change with the 'Shi’ite bomb' and what would be its effect on the Gulf, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and so forth, and how would Iranian nuclear capability affect longer term relations between Sunnis and Shi’ites in this part of the world in the years ahead".
"In my judgement without doubt, Iran's possession of nuclear weapons would fundamentally change the geopolitical and geo-economic face of the Middle East, an Iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons is the worse possible outcome" Blackwill reiterated that an attack is "not imminent, the United States and its allies around the world are doing everything possible to rescue us from this terrible set of choices, and let us pray that all this combined with diplomatic efforts succeeds – but for that to happen there would have to be a profound change of policy in Tehran – in order for us to successfully enhance democracy and combat terrorism in this region and beyond in the years ahead".
Gregory Meeks, stressed the importance of conversations to take place between America and the Middle East in order for common understanding to occur, "you can change situations, you can change governments without bloodshed, and we are all in this together, as the late Dr Martin Luther King said 'injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere".