Aznar: "We do not have a problem with Islam. We have one with jihadism and with radicals"

06/05/2010

http://assets.fundacionfaes.org/prensa/2010/05/AZNAR_VIENA_07052010.jpg! "It is important to support Muslims who are democrats and who have assumed their faith in an open society" "Today, the majority of victims of jihadist terrorism are Muslims" "European democracies must open themselves to the presence of Islam at their core" /07.05.2010/ Jos? Mar?a Aznar, president of the Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis (FAES), has pronounced the conference "The Challenges of Islam in Europe" today, Friday May 7, at the Vienna Forum 2010. During his address, Aznar stressed that "we do not have a problem with Islam. We have a problem, and a very serious one indeed, with jihadism, and with radicals, and with those who, from radicalism, end up in intolerance and violence. And that is a problem we share with Muslims all over the world". Aznar has demanded from the West and from the Muslim countries to "use all our moral strength and political determination to put an end to this threat" and has reminded us that "today, the majority of victims of jihadist terrorism are Muslims". In this sense, Aznar has declared that "European democracies must open themselves to the presence of Islam at their core" in an environment of essential equality in dignity and rights of all people, and has defended "keeping the principles of our open societies and embracing the people who profess certain specific beliefs and who wish to use public spaces respecting the founding principles of democracy" before "a Europe that is weakened and fragmented into identitarian ghettos". "It is important to support those Muslims who are democrats and who have assumed their faith and beliefs in an open society. Or those who work to make their countries become open societies as well" the president of FAES declared. According to Aznar, "demanding that right to religious freedom worldwide" must be a part of European foreign policy as, according to his explanations, we must not "we must not resign ourselves to a lack of freedom and democracy in a large part of Muslim countries".