Connecting the dots: Ankara, Berlin and Zurich

Faisal J. Abbas


Monday’s atrocious attacks that targeted civilians at a Christmas market in Berlin and Muslims praying in a mosque in Zurich resemble two sides of the same coin of hatred. Both acts of terrorism should be condemned, and neither should be tolerated.
Monday was an exceptionally sad day, given that on the same night Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was brutally assassinated in a chilling televised scene that many only thought could happen in James Bond movies.
“The world has become a scary place,” is what you often hear people repeat in such circumstances. To a certain extent they are correct, as nobody can disagree that such developments are worrisome. However, I am not so sure they spell the end of time just yet.
Our world has always been subject to acts of violence, war, crime and terrorism.

Perpetrators of such gruesome acts could be governments such as Syria’s, organized criminal groups such as the mafia, clean-shaven white men such as the 1996 Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh, and of course the likes of Daesh and Al-Qaeda supporters, who terrorize in the name of religion.
Yet we should not allow all this to distract us from the other realities and positive developments on the ground. For example, both Turkey and Russia have shown tremendous maturity and self-restraint in dealing with the aftermath of the assassination, and the meeting between the Russians and Turks to discuss a possible solution for Syria still took place.

• Faisal J. Abbas is the editor-in-chief of Arab News. He can be reached on Twitter



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