Saturday, September 29, 2007

Maldives facing the ugly beast of terrorism

This is a sad day for Maldivians. The ugly beast of terror has appeared here, in our own country, which we like to label as peaceful and tranquil.

Idhikeeli condemns the act of terrorism that occurred in Sultan Park on September 29. Our sympathies are with the injured tourists and their families. We wish the injured guests a speedy recovery.

It is a sad day and words fail us. However, it is not easy to analyse what happened without hundreds of words. It is important to go back to a November night in 1978 when a pistol-carrying band of terrorists came to power in the Maldives, and how their ridiculous policies have created violence, hatred and extremism in our community.

It is easy to point fingers and blame. It is easy to say that those who have been urging a boycott of tourism should be responsible for what happened in addition to the perpetrators of this crime. Let there be a distinction made that those who were promoting a boycott were not advocating an entire boycott of tourism but a selective boycott. They were advocating for a boycott of selective resorts belonging to the cronies of the regime. Those who were promoting this boycott had highly debatable standards and procedures when it came to selecting the resorts and removing the resorts from the boycott list. But let us not forget that it was a selective boycott.

We don't see any link between the boycott and what happened on September 29. But we see too many links between what happened on that November night in 1978 and what happened on Saturday.

Additional information
http://www.minivannews.com/news/news.php?id=3687

8 comments:

Sam said...

Maybe it's the work of Tamil terrorists?

Anonymous said...

Yameen?

Anonymous said...

hi do u see any links with Sikka, anni's father-in-law? Wasn't he the main sponsor of Tamil terrorists in the late '80s? And isn;t he still backing MDP...?

Anonymous said...

Sikka is not Anni's father-in-law. Sikka was NOT "the main sponsor of Tamil terrorists" who attacked on November 3rd, 1988. The story of November 3rd is a long story. It will be written for Maldivians, especially the young generation, to understand the truth. The involvement of regional powers, Maldivian cabinet ministers, and the fact that local authorities had prior knowledge of the attack and did not do anything, will all be revealed. The identities of the people who commanded to shoot at Progress Light and allowed the killing of innocent Maldivians on the ship will also be revealed. History has been distorted for too long.

Anonymous said...

but wasn't Sikka tried for being involved in the terrorist coup? And is he still involved in MDP too?

Anonymous said...

During the rule of President Nasir, in the 1970s, an Islamic preacher educated at Al-Azhar Univeristy of Cairo, began the first boycott of tourism in the Maldives. He issued a fatwa saying a person who sells alcohol is equal to a person who drinks alcohol. He ridiculed the practice of selling alcohol for tourists in Maldivian resorts. I wonder if this preacher has to take some blame for the explosion on September 29th and for the rise of fanaticism in this country.

Anonymous said...

http://www.goodgovernor.org/ShowArticle.aspx?ID=143

Anonymous said...

That Good Governor article does not give any evidence to support their claims. Who takes Good Governor seriously anyway? How can a Maldivian student in UK, who spent the past few years abroad, know more about what is happening here in Maldives, than us, who have been living here before and after the formation of MDP.