Nations must have resolve to end this scourge

The world is reeling in shock and disgust at the senseless killing of innocents by misguided, uncivilised and sick individuals who believe this is the way to martyrdom ("Paris lockdown after terror attacks"; yesterday). In a civilised world, no one has the right to kill or maim.

We live in a world where raids, attacks, territorial disputes, fighting and killing have become a part of humanity, where human life may have to be redefined.

Every individual is entitled to choose his religion, and to practise it freely and without prejudice.

No religion is above another, as all of them share a common attribute - to preach good values. We cannot blame religions for evil deeds, but rather, blame the individuals who misinterpret the teachings to suit their sinful intentions.

Terrorism and extremism are a scourge which civilised nations must have the resolve to eradicate. There is no room for paying lip service and pretending to be humane.

Terrorism and extremism are a scourge which civilised nations must have the resolve to eradicate.

There is no room for paying lip service and pretending to be humane. There is an urgent need for a political will as this form of carnage cannot be tolerated.

Lawrence Loh Kiah Muan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2015, with the headline 'Nations must have resolve to end this scourge'. Print Edition | Subscribe